Diego Zanetti photographer

BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY (Jerusalem, Israel)

TRA TERRA E CIELO (Gerusalemme, Isrele)

The Dome of the Rock, completed in 691 AC, is the oldest Islamic building in the world. Its place is the site of the Second Jewish Temple destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AC. The Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwān, who initiated the construction, hoped it would “house the Muslims from cold and heat” and intended the building to serve as a shrine for pilgrims and not as a mosque for public worship. He wanted it to be unique and a wonder to the world and the dome was covered with gilded copper plates. Today only the Muslim faithful are allowed to pray inside.

 

 


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