The Al-Aqsa Mosque, constructed 20 years after the nearby Dome of the Rock, has a spacious interior, divided by columns into seven aisles, allows room for more than 4000 Muslims to worship. According the Muslims, the whole area of the Temple Mount, including all its minor domes, chapels and colonnades, is regarded as a mosque. For Muslims, it’s Islam’s third holiest site (after Mecca and Medina).
The whole compound contains more than 14 hectares of buildings, fountains, gardens and domes. It comprises nearly one-sixth of the walled Old City of Jerusalem and can accommodate hundreds of thousands of worshipers.
Administered by: Islamic Waqf Foundation
- Open: Non-Muslims are permitted to enter the Temple Mount through the Bab Al-Maghariba (Moors’ Gate), reached through a covered walkway from the Western Wall plaza, during restricted hours.
- These are usually 7.30-11am and 1.30-2.30pm (closed Fridays and on religious holidays), but can change.
- Modest dress is required.
- Non-Muslims are not normally allowed into the Al Aqsa Mosque or Dome of the Rock.
- Non-Muslim prayer on the Temple Mount is not permitted.