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Dome of the Rock

Jenny McIver
My first stop was the Western Wall, a site crucial to the Jewish faith. Jews visit it regularly, mainly to mourn the loss of the Temple which once stood above but was destroyed in 586 BC by Babylonians and again in AD70 by Romans. The atmosphere is one of hushed silence and people take turns placing tiny folded notes to God between the stones. Next, I navigated my way to the Dome of the Rock. The Golden Dome of The Rock is the focal point of the Jerusalem skyline. Its exterior consists of a myriad of tiny, painted tiles in every imaginable shade of blue and green, topped by inscriptions from the Koran.