Al-Aqsa Mosque

Key Sites in Jerusalem

For Muslims, The Nobel Sanctuary, which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the home of the third holiest site. Moreover, it is believed this is where the Prophet Muhammad made the miraculous Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and completed the Ascent into Heaven. The original Al-Aqsa Mosque was built as a small prayer building in 705 CE.

The Dome at Al Aqsa.

Over the centuries, the building was expanded and destroyed. The first expansion was by Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik and his son. Sadly, the mosque was utterly destroyed by earthquakes in 746 CE and 1033 CE; luckily, it was rebuilt repeatedly. Then, the ruling empires continued to expand the mosque, and now we have a beautiful silver-domed mosque that is beloved by all.

Tensions and Power Struggles Over the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the area is significant to all three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Due to this, the area has been highly contested for centuries and still suffers from power struggles. Israel currently holds control over Jerusalem; however, in 1967, Jordan and Israel agreed that the Jordanian and Palestinian Islamic Waqf would have internal control of the compound while Israel would control external security.

The Islamic Museum

In This Photo: The Islamic Museum

Besides, Jewish law states that Jews cannot enter the compound to pray, which both helps and hinders friendly relations at times. Over the past couple of decades, tensions have run at an all-time high, with numerous protests leading to Israelis and Palestinians’ deaths. For many, the Al-Aqsa Mosque symbolizes the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

If you are curious about visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, you can take a private tour with me to the Nobel Sanctuary, known to many Israelis as the Temple Mount. When planning your itinerary, make sure to plan. Non-Muslim visitors can only enter the Temple Mount Sunday through Thursday at specific times.

Mamluk Architecture
Mamluk Architecture Aqsa Mosque
A Nice Combination of Mamluk Architecture With Crusader.

In addition, during Muslim holidays, the Temple Mount will close. Strict rules and guidelines are enforced when visiting this site, so please be aware of them before heading out. Contact me for more in-depth information about planning a trip to Al-Aqsa Mosque. Lastly, I would love to take you on a journey that encapsulates many people’s historical and religious significance worldwide.

Old City Jerusalem Tour


Hi! My name is Arik, an Israeli native who dedicated his life to sharing my passion for the Holy Land with those interested in knowing more about this incredible piece of land. I’m the Chief Guide at ‘APT Private Tours in Israel’.

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Shiloh Excavations In The City Of David


Neve Tzedek

Neve Tzedek is a little neighborhood in Tel Aviv you must visit when touring Israel! The little alleys and streets are super inviting to tour

Caesarea Maritima National Park

Caesarea Maritima, formerly Strato’s Tower, also known as Caesarea Palestinae, was an ancient city on the coast of the Mediterranean, now in ruins and included ...

St. Peter’s Church in Jaffa

St. Peter’s Church in Jaffa is a Franciscan church in the historical part of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv. According to Catholic tradition St, ...

Red Canyon

The Red Canyon is located about 20 kilometers north of Eilat west of the road to Eilat at an altitude of 700 meters above sea ...

Hamat Tiberias National Park

Hamat Tiberias National Park is a harmonious blend of archaeological wonders, therapeutic hot springs, and scenic beauty! Let's Go!

Chapel of Saint Helena

The Chapel of Saint Helena is dedicated to Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, credited to discover the True Cross of Jesus.

Zion Gate

Zion Gate, is one of the eight gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. Located on the southern side of the city, it leads to ...

German Colony

The German Colony, known in Hebrew as HaMoshava HaGermanit; is one of Jerusalem's most popular neighborhoods and a must-see in Jerusalem.

Superland Amusement Park

Superland is a vibrant and exhilarating playground that promises an unforgettable day of fun, laughter, and excitement for all ages.

Second Temple Model of Jerusalem

The Second Temple model of Jerusalem offers visitors a unique opportunity to see Jerusalem at its grandeur!

Need help?