Photographer's Note

Al Aqsa Mosque

More important to the Muslims than the Dome of the
Rock is Al Aqsa Mosque. Believing that this is the
place referred to in the Koran as "al aqsa" (the
furthermost), Muslims have sanctified this as the
third most holy place in the Muslim world (after
shrines in Mecca and Medina, both in Saudi Arabia).
The original mosque was built in 715 but it has been
destroyed numerous times by earthquakes.

The mosque witnessed a turbulent 20th century. King
Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated in front of Al
Aqsa in 1951. A deranged Australian tourist set fire
to the mosque in 1969, destroying the beautiful 12th
century wooden pulpit. Controversy now rages over
building activity on a larger mosque constructed
underneath this one.


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