MembersDome of the Rock: A Replica of the Jewish Temple?

New archaeological discoveries and historical evidence indicate that the Dome of the Rock, the golden-domed Muslim shrine on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, could have been inspired by the biblical Jewish Temple.

By Israel Today Staff |
JEWISH ROOTS: German artist Arnold Meermann (1829-1908) visited the Holy Land and painted what he saw inside the golden Dome of the Rock. Muslims prayed toward the ‘Foundation Stone’ and not in the direction of Mecca as they do today. There is also a curtain like those in the Torah Ark in synagogues.

“The center of Islamic ritual was the Jewish Foundation Stone in the Temple which today lies directly underneath the Dome of the Rock,” said Israeli archaeologist Asaf Avraham in a presentation to the Knesset (parliament). Avraham explained the significance of these dramatic findings in a conversation with Israel Today.


The archaeologist is referring to the so-called Even Ha’Shtiya or Foundation Stone, which according to Jewish tradition designates the place from which the creation of the world began. Jews believe that this is Mount Moriah, the very spot where Abraham bound his son Isaac in preparation for sacrifice. It is also considered by many to be the location of the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple.


“Islamic drawings from the 19th century show Muslims kneeling in front of the Jewish Foundation...

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