The Dome of the Rock, possibly much to the chagrin of some, has become the symbol of Jerusalem. It is present in every picture taken of Jerusalem, and when we sit at home and conjure up images of the Holy Land, it is hard to avoid having that shining gold dome creep into our thoughts. It can be seen from almost every corner of the Old City of Jerusalem. It stands there, shining in the golden sun, like some aureate beacon, looking out over the city and protecting it. It may be strange that this symbol of one religion has come to embody Jerusalem, a land which defines religious plurality, but it has, and it is easy to see why.
Built in 688 by the Caliph Abd al-Malik, the Dome lies on the site wher...Read More