Dome of the Prophet
The Dome of the Prophet (Arabic: قبة النبي, Qubbat an-Nabi), also known as the Dome of the Messenger and the Dome of Muhammed (Turkish: Muhammed Kubbesi) is a free-standing dome in the northern Temple Mount, in Jerusalem (known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif). It is located on the northwest part of the elevated platform where the Dome of the Rock stands.
Originally, the Dome of the Prophet, which dates back to before the Crusader period, was rebuilt by Muhammad Bey, Ottoman Governor of Jerusalem in 1539 its dome, in the time of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman. Its last renovation was in the reign of Sultan Abdul Majid II.
Several Muslim writers, most notably al-Suyuti and al-Vâsıtî claimed that the site of the dome is where Muhammad led the former prophets and angels in prayer on the night of Isra and Mir'aj before ascending to Heaven. Endowment documents from the Ottoman period indicate that a portion of the endowment of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Haseki Sultan Imaret  was dedicated to maintain the lighting of an oil-lamp in the Dome of the Prophet each night.
The Dome of the Prophet's octagonal structure is built atop eight gray marble columns. The dome, which is covered with sheet lead and being without walls, is hemispherical and is supported by pointed arches decorated with red, black and white stones. The ancient mihrab is made of a white marble slab embedded in the floor and surrounded by red-colored stones and subsequently delimited by a low wall, that traditionally opened in the north to allow entrance of Muslim believers heading southward to Mecca in Muslim prayers.
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