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Dome Of The Ascension, Jerusalem Temple Mount
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The Dome of the Ascension (Arabic: قبة المعراج Qubbat al-Miraj; Hebrew: כִּיפָּת הַעֲלִיָּיה Kippat Ha’Aliyah) is a small, free-standing domed structure built by Crusaders that stands just north the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Although called “Dome of the Ascension” in Arabic, and said by Arabic tradition to mark the spot from which Muhammad ascended to Heaven during his Night Journey, it is understood by scholars as having been built as part of the Christian Templum Domini, probably as a baptistry. Upon the reconquest of Jerusalem in 1187 by Saladin, the structure was converted to its present function. The structure and makes extensive use of “spolia” – salvaged stone details from the ruins of earlier Christian structures.
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