temple mount 58.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Jordanian-financed restoration work is currently underway at the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
The 35-acre compound Muslims know as Haram Al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, is the third holiest site in Islam. Jews refer to the site as the Temple Mount.
Built on the spot where the ancient Jewish Temples once stood, the golden-roofed Dome of the Rock has been a fixture in the city since they were erected 13 centuries ago. Renovators working with the Jordanian-supported Waqf, or Supreme Muslim Council, have erected pipe scaffolding inside the seventh century shrine in order to restore the mosaics on the inside of the dome.
Others carefully vacuum away crumbling walls and work to restore the lintels around the many windows in the edifice. Built in 692 C.E. (A.D.), it is one of the oldest extant Islamic structures standing today. Muslims believe that the prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from the Foundation Stone inside the magnificent building, which is decorated with blue tiles imported from Turkey.
With thousands of worshipers and visitors passing through this site
every day it has suffered wear and tear, not only from time but also
from earthquakes and material fatigue. Renovators are in a constant
battle to maintain the magnificent structure.
Similar work was being carried out by the Waqf in the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Workers also were seen repairing the copper roof of the structure. Waqf
officials said that the current renovations have been going on for some
time and it wasn’t clear when the scaffolding would be removed from
inside the Dome of the Rock.