Tradition holds that this is the location where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac. Because of his obedience, God told him, “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22.
Muslims also believe that it is the place where Mohammad ascended into heaven.
Christians believe that in end times God will tell John the Revelator to measure the temple and the people in it. (Rev. 11)
(below) 80 kgs of gold cover the dome. The Late King Hussein of Jordan sold one of his homes in London to pay for it.
(below) Looking up at the dome of the chain.
(Below) View from the roof of the Austrian Hospice.