Room 13 ~ Outside the Dome of the Rock

Exhibit 13a- Dome of the Rock. Exhibits 13a-13g are views of the outside of the Dome of the Rock.

Exhibit 13b- Dome of the Rock. The Dome of the Rock is an octagonal building, having eight sides. It was originally built as a church by the Christian Byzantines during the first quarter of the 7th century. Octagonal churches were a common Byzantine design. This site was chosen for a church in order to insult the Jews who, a few years earlier, had assisted the Persians in their conquest of Eretz Yisroel.

Exhibit 13c- Dome of the Rock. When the Arabs captured Eretz Yisroel in the middle of the 7th century, they converted the octagonal church into a Moslem shrine.

Exhibit 13d- Dome of the Rock. The building has been damaged many times by earthquakes and it had to be repaired and rebuilt.

Exhibit 13e- Dome of the Rock. The old dome was gold plated but that has been replaced with gold colored aluminum.

Exhibit 13f- Dome of the Rock.

Exhibit 13g- Dome of the Rock.