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The Temple Mount, Israel
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The Temple Mount (known in the bible as Mount Zion or Mount Moriah and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary) is located in Jerusalem, Israel. The first Temple was built at the northern point of a very narrow ridge of the mountain that slopes sharply from north to south rising above the Kidron Valley in the east and Tyropoeon Valley in the west. Its peak reaches a height of 2,428 ft (740 m) above sea level.
What Makes It Special
The Temple Mount is a religious site and a holy place for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Judaism regards the Temple Mount as the place where God chose the Divine Presence to rest. At that place God gathered the dust to create the first man, Adam and from there the world expanded into its present form. According to Hebrew Bible the Temple Mount is the place of return of the Jewish Messiah and beginning of Messianic Age - a future time of universal peace and brotherhood on earth, without crime, war and poverty. For Sunni Muslims, The Temple Mount is the location of Muhammad's journey to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven described in the Qur'an.
Directions To Destination
Air is the best way to come to Israel; its main entry point for the international traveller is Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) located very close to the highway linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (highway No.1). Ben Gurion Airport is the base for El Al - Israel national airline and is also served by over 50 international air carriers. Travel from the airport to the center of Jerusalem (where The Temple Mount is located) takes 40-50 minutes depending on traffic.
Best Time To Go
Spring and fall (because of minimal rainfall and pleasant temperatures). Winters are very wet, with nearly all precipitation happening between October and April. The coldest month is January, with an average high of 53°F (12°C) and an average low of 39°F (4°C). Summers are hot and dry with no rainfall between the months of May and September. Temperatures will generally approach around 88°F (30°C) during the day and around 59°F (15°C ) at night.
Where To Stay
- The King David Hotel (23 King David Street, 94101 Jerusalem), rates from $430 (prices 2011). One of Jerusalem’s most famous hotels, the 5-star King David offers panoramic views and an outdoor pool. It is within 15-minute walk away from the Old City. Hotel has 237 rooms and belongs to The Leading Hotels of the World chain.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Access to the Temple Mount is free and open to the public. It can be accessed by non-Muslims through a gate next to the Western Wall (non-Muslims are not permitted to pray on the Temple Mount. Temple Mount is closed on all major religious holidays. Local authorities can close the site on any day they may consider sensitive.
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