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Dome of the Rock
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(Arab. qubbat aṣ-ṣaḫra), in Jerusalem (VI), a domed structure on an octagonal foundation erected around a rock (ṣaḫra), was constructed in 691–92 ce (72 in the Islamic calendar) under the Umaiyade caliph, ʿAbdalmalik (685–705 ce). A circular structure with four pillars, with three columns between each pair, supporting a dome of 20.44 m in diameter, was erected around the rock, which is holy according to Islamic tradition. A second circle of eight pillars with two columns each, encompassing an octagonal floor plan …

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Wißmann, Hans, “Dome of the Rock”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_07538>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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