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Haram esh-Sharif (Temple Mount)

The focal point of Jerusalem, the traditional site of Solomon’s First Temple, an important Islamic religious sanctuary – the Haram esh-Sharif is probably the most contentious piece of land on Earth. Herod the Great built the Second Temple here, but his colossal complex was razed by the Romans in AD 70, and the site was left derelict until the arrival of Islam in the 7th century. The iconic Dome of the Rock stands at the center today, while all that remains of Herod’s temple is a section of the outer retaining wall, revered by Jews as the Western Wall.Entrance via Moors’ Gate, next to the Western Wall Plaza • 02 622 ...

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