Essentially unchanged for more than thirteen centuries, the Dome of the Rock remains one of the world's most beautiful and enduring architectural treasures. Adorned with its magnificent gold dome and elaborate quranic inscriptions, the structure intimately represents the world's second largest religion in a city historically associated with the three Semitic faiths. Representation, however, is not the only effect of this site. Despite its intended purpose, the Dome of the Rock inherently stands as the focal center of a millennium-old religious controversy. Located on what is essentially the world's holiest site (obviously a speculative assertion) and inscribed with proclamations of Islamic religious superiority, the Dome symbolizes far
The Dome of the Rock (688-92) is a building project which demonstrates a particular way of achieving uniqueness in architecture. Architectural uniqueness can be established by introducing the same building form and materials in a slightly different way, complimenting its surrounding. Again, this uniqueness can be achieved by having a completely different building vocabulary, contrasting with its surroundings. In this context, this essay will investigate what type of architectural uniqueness the Dome of the Rock possess and how this uniqueness has been achieved through various architectural elements.
The Pantheon is an iconic part of architecture, particularly in the mediterranean. Constructed in Imperial Rome, the Pantheon was an incredible piece that forever influenced the basics of architecture. A similar piece, contemporary to the Pantheon, would be the Dome of the Rock. Found in Jerusalem, the Umayyad caliph built the shrine in the seventh century to serve a function as an Islamic shrine. Being the oldest extant Islamic monument known to man, the Dome of the Rock is sacred to both the Muslim and jewish religions.While being in completely different cultures, the Pantheon and the Dome of the Rock share numerous similarities varying from their functionality to the characteristic style of the domes.
The pilgrimage is indeed an amazing phenomenon, which brings people together at a common goal, which is believed to be the essence or starting point of life and the ‘door’ to the afterlife. As we will discover, pilgrimages require great sacrifice, both financially and physically. Pilgrimages may give the impression of an act that is traditional and not ‘fit’ for our modern world. However, one who has not walked the pilgrimage may never see the insight that the pilgrims themselves see. One fact is certain and striking. The numbers of pilgrims at the world’s major shrines are still increasing.
Monuments such as the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and San Vitale in Ravenna, perform a great importance in Byzantine and Islamic architecture. Both of these structures did not exclusively represent the main place of worship, but most importantly as a symbol of achievement and growth within the current times of construction. Starting in 524, under the influence of Orthodox bishop Ecclesius, the development of San Vitale was to represent the achievements of the emperor Justinian. Julius Argentarius was the sponsor for this structure and it was dedicated by Bishop Maximian in 547. The Dome of the Rock is built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in 692 with the help of Abd al-Malik with the suspected intention to symbolize Islams influence in
Since then I have returned many times, just to enjoy this exhibit. Walking through the Temple of Dendur is a unique experience since it sits on a marble platform surrounded by water. The temple is especially impressive at night when no light can shine through the windows. Only the temple and its sculptures are illuminated. A sense of mystery surrounds visitors, especially those of us who have been fortunate enough to visit the pyramids in our native land. In fact, viewing the sarcophagus, sculptures, and paintings gives me a sense of nostalgia and pride in the magnificent artwork created by my ancestors.
The St Louis Dome, also known as the Dome at America's Center (and formerly as the Edward Jones Dome) is one of, if not the biggest convention centers in the city. It has served as a venue for a wide variety of events, ranging from concerts to monster truck rallies and motocross races. Music lovers who still want to enjoy some tunes can head off to one of the bars downtown, or to the National Blues Museum if they want to learn the history of blues music. Staying at hotels and vacation rentals near St Louis Dome will be convenient for tourists, as buses traverse this
There are two parts in Jerusalem. There is the New City and the Old City. In the Old city there are many temples, one of the most important being the Haram esh-Sharif, or "Venerable Sanctuary." In the Old City there is also the Christian Church of Holy Sepulchre, which is the place where they believe Jesus Christ was buried after coming off the Cross. There is also the Wailing Wall that the Jews go to pray at. The Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque are there for the Muslim community. Jerusalem is the third holiest site for the Muslim population behind Mecca and Medina.
The Enchanted Rock dome of Central Texas is a remarkable sight to behold, both for its mammoth size and the intriguing rock formations it harbors. Located just north of charming, historical Fredericksburg, the intriguing stretch of land is designated as a State Natural Area. The dome and its surrounding grounds are open to the public for a very affordable fee, and attract countless patrons with various interests, including stargazing, hiking, geocaching, archaeology, and bird watching. According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife website, “more than 250,000 people trek to the park each year,” distinguishing Enchanted Rock as “one of the most visited parks in the state park system.” Naturally, such a distinction begs the question: what
My proposal for the ritual observation and field exercise would be to attend a local mosque in North Hollywood on a Friday night in order to engage in the ritual of salah, which means prayer. I plan to make this trip on Friday July 22, 2016 in order to give myself more time to prepare for the actual project. The religion and cultural group associated with this location are Muslims that meet at their local mosque in order to worship God and unite as a community.
They have the Pilgrimage to Mecca every year for the “big one” or as it is known by Muslims hajj. There are smaller pilgrimages at any time of year. With the “big one” Muslims come from all over the world at one time to pray together. They have special Muslim activities in which they participate. The women and men have gender specific activities and dress. The men are to be
The Dome of the Rock and the Pantheon are constructed similarly. The Dome of the Rock was even influenced by the Pantheon, built on a domed-central plan structure. While the two buildings look different in appearance, they have similar forms. They both contain geometric structures. In the front, the Pantheon has a porch, with a triangular top. Behind this porch is a cylinder base with a hemispherical dome