The Temple Mount (Haram esh-Sharif) is a hill situated in Jerusalem, Israel. The hill is a religious site of Christians, Jewish and Muslims. The site is one of the most heavily contested religious sites in the world. It is a fairly narrow hill with a flat top plaza that is surrounded by walls. The plaza has a number of significant monuments on its grounds such as al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of Chain and the Dome of the Rock. In Muslim tradition, Temple Mount is where the Prophet Muhammad made his “Night Journey” to the throne of God. The Jewish see the site as one of the holiest as the walls of the Second Jewish temple make up part of the surrounding walls.
The hill is situated in the Old City of Jerusalem. The 1 tram stops a 5-10 minute walk away at ‘City Hall’. The 1, 3, 51 and 276 buses all stop close by.
Opening Times and Admission
Access to the holy site is fairly limited. It is open in the summer months, Monday to Thursday 8.30am-11.30am and 1.30pm-2.30pm. In the winter months it is open 7.30am-10.30am and 12.30pm-1.30pm. Admission is free. It is expected that visitors dress modestly.