Haram Ash Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), 691 CE   [59 x 96 cm]

Sketch: Razan Hassouna [Gaza], Gaza, Palestine
Embroidery: Iman Shehaby [Tabariyeh], Ain al-Hilweh, Lebanon

The Haram Ash Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) contains the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam – and the Dome of the Rock.  The latter was initially completed in 691 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik. It was built on the site of the Roman temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, which had in turn been built on the site of the Second Jewish Temple, destroyed during the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE.

Era: Early Islamic Period (640—1099 CE)

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