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We reached Jerusalem at 15:00 hours. Jerusalem is known as a holy city in the world. It is the birthplace of three different religions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity) in the world. Jerusalem has been sacred to Judaism for roughly 3000 years, to Christianity for around 2000 years, and to Islam for approximately 1400 years. The 2000 Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem lists 1204 synagogues, 158 churches, and 73 mosques within the city. Israel is ancient yet among the most developed country in the world.
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One of the most auspicious and holy sites for Muslims all around the world, the Al Aqsa Mosque is an ancient architectural beauty. The Al Aqsa mosque has a strong influence in the history of Islam. All the prayers were directed here before the Kaaba was built in Mecca. As a Legend goes, Prophet Muhammad was transported here by the angels from Mecca to protect him from his enemies. The Friday prayers at the Aqsa Mosque sees an overflowing crowd of people (32% of the population of Jerusalem are Muslim). Nearby is the Dome Of Rock, the place where the Prophet Muhammad is said to have been transported. The whole area is called The Noble Sanctuary including the mosque. Al-Aqsa was of great significance to me not only as a Muslim, but even as a traveler. It is a peek into one of the most significant aspects of Islam and a discovery of one of the three major parts of Jerusalem.