Dome of the Rock Essay

728 Words Mar 19th, 2013 3 Pages
Dome of the Rock located in a part of Old Jerusalem is a vital structure to three major monotheistic world religions. With Dome of the Rock’s religious and historical importance in location, it has been a site of past supernatural events and prophesied to be the site of future events. The design of the building itself is also an example of harmonious proportion. Dome of the Rock has had much activity since the beginning of time.
Dome of the Rock has many names for its key roles in religious histories. Muslims call it “Kubbat as-Sakhra, Crusaders named it “Templar Domini”, and the Hebrews know it as the “Temple Mount”. The actual rock, AKA the “Foundation Stone” that the dome surrounds is significant to the Jewish and Christian faiths
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The eight sides of the outer walls have entrance doors guided by the cardinal directions. Inside the doorways are two concentric ambulatories that enclose the Rock. The Rock is protected and gated off by a circular barrier.
The design of the structure is an example of geometric proportion in symphony. The circular border of the Rock contains the intersecting points of an inner octagon on which eight of its points stand eight of the sixteen supporting columns of the drum and dome. The drum and dome have a diameter of 20.2m. The dome is made of wood and measures approximately 20.4 m in height. Separating the inner and outer ambulatories is another arcade of 24 columns that connect at the inner points of a larger octagon in which four of its points make the cardinally oriented four entrance doors. Each outer wall’s length is same measurement of the dome’s diameter and distance of the height from the bottom of the drum to the top of the dome. There is not a structural element out of place, every door, wall, column and intersecting point is in proportional relation to each other.
Being located in an eventful space of supernatural and religious history, the Dome of the Rock is a vital shrine of remembrance to the beginnings of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The structure of the Dome’s design brings an element of beauty through its relationship of geometric proportion. The Dome of the Rock will always be a

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