Temple Mount, also called Holy Temple, is believed to be the holiest place in the world specially for Christians, Jews and Muslims. It has tremendous historical and religious significance as the two Jewish Temples were, it is believed, situated in the vicinity.
Also known as Mount Moriah, the area is the elongated north-south stretch of land lying between Kidron Valley and “Hagai” Valley, between Mount Zion to the west and the Mount of Olives to the east.
It is also thought to be the place where God created Adam. According to the prophecies of the Old Testament, the third Temple has to be built, probably at this place. That is why for many people, this place marks the presence of God.
This is the place also where Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac. For the Muslims, it is in this exact spot where Muhammad ascended to the skies during his night journey.
Visible from almost anywhere around the Old City, the Temple Mount is a vast area with the Dome of the Rock in its core and the El-Aqsa Mosque at its southern tip.
The story about “Jacob’s Dream” is also identified with Mount Moriah: “He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. He had a dream; a stairway was set on the ground and its top reached to the sky, and angels of God were going up and down on it. And the Lord was standing beside him… Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, … “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the abode of God and that is the gateway to heaven” (Genesis 28:10-18).
The political status of the Temple Mount in is the subject of final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
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