Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel


What can you expect:

The Dome of the Rock is an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was initially completed in 691–92 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik.

The Dome of the Rock (Qubbat al-Sakhra) is an octagonal structure on an elevated platform in the middle of the Temple Mount area in Jerusalem. It is revered by most Muslims as the spot from which the Prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven. Since its construction, the Dome has been for Muslims more than a mere structure.

Photographer: UmmePhotos

If you would like to visit the Dom of the Rock, come prepared and ensure your passport is with you. Visitors may be asked to show their passports. While the complex is open to all, non-Muslims are NOT permitted to enter into the Dome of the Rock.

The non-Muslim visitors are not allowed to enter the Dome of the Rock, but can get a close look from the Temple Mount courtyard during regular non-Muslim visiting hours. As with other holy sites in Jerusalem, visitors to the Temple Mount are asked to dress modestly.

Has the Dome always been gold? No, but he first Dome, built in 691, was real. Now it is fake, gold-colored aluminum from the last restoration in 1964.


The entrance for the Dome of the Rock is free. Visitors enter the complex through the Mughrabi Gate near the Western Wall. Many people will see the entrance as they walk through the Western Wall plaza on a tour of the Old City. If you would like to take a tour, you can buy it at various places around the Dome of the Rock, or in Jerusalem itself.

Opening hours:

Summer: April – September:

Monday8:30am – 10:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Tuesday8:30am – 10:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Wednesday8:30am – 10:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Thursday8:30am – 10:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Friday8:30am – 10:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Saturday8:30am – 10:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Sunday8:30am – 10:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Winter: October – March:

Monday7:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Tuesday7:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Wednesday7:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Thursday7:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Friday7:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Saturday7:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Sunday7:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Photographer: Becca Siegel

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