Temple mount is one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. It has been used as a religious site for thousands of years. At least four religions are known to have used the Temple Mount: Judaism, Christianity, Roman religion, and Islam.

This panorama of Temple mount has been stitched using four photographs.The panorama below is more than 3800 px wide so enjoy the super-wide detail in High-Definition. Click the Image for a larger view.

Temple Mount - Old city of Jerusalem - panorama

The golden tomb at the center is the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa mosque is to its right at the edge of the old city wall. The blue domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre can also be seen behind the golden dome (slightly to its right). This Panorama also covers many more important structures, it just needs a trained eye familiar with the Jerusalem landscape!

Judaism regards the Temple Mount as the place where God chose the Divine Presence to rest, according to them it was from here the world expanded into its present form and where God gathered the dust used to create the first man, Adam. According to Jewish tradition and scripture, the first temple was built by Solomon the son of David in 957 BCE and destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. The second was constructed under the auspices of Zerubbabel in 516 BCE and destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 CE. Jewish tradition maintains it is here the Third and final Temple will also be built. The location is the holiest site in Judaism and is the place Jews turn towards during prayer.

Among Sunni Muslims, the Mount is widely considered the third holiest site in Islam. After the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 637 CE, Umayyad Caliphs commissioned the construction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on the site. The Dome was completed in 692 CE, making it one of the oldest extant Islamic structures in the world, after the Kaabah. The Al-Aqsa Mosque rests on the far southern side of the Mount, facing Mecca. The Dome of the Rock currently sits in the middle, occupying or close to the area where the Bible mandates the Holy Temple be rebuilt.

In light of the dual claims of both Judaism and Islam, it is one of the most contested religious sites in the world. Since the Crusades, the Muslim community of Jerusalem has managed the site as a Waqf, without interruption. As part of the Old City, controlled by Israel since 1967, both Israel and the Palestinian Authority claim sovereignty over the site, which remains a major focal point of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In an attempt to keep the status quo, the Israeli government enforces a controversial ban on prayer by non-Muslim visitors.

Information credits to Wikipedia

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Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.

2 Comments

Amar Naik · 22 Jan ’14 at 9:42 pm

love that panorma shot.

Sarah · 31 Jan ’14 at 3:17 pm

Spectacular!!!

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