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The Decorations of the Dome of the Rock

Ziyun Tang


The article presents the decorations of the Dome of the Rock, which is located in the Haram al-Sharif, one of the most sacred places in the world for the Muslims. First, it gave a brief introduction to the Dome of the Rock. Second, the decorations will be analyzed through the mosaics. Two proposals of the meaning and purpose of this monument has been made. One is that the decorations were merely ornament and the second is that the decorations inside it represent clear and exact items. The calligraphic inscriptions on both outside and inside the Dome of the Rock, and around both the outer octagonal arcade and the inner octagonal arcade also help better understanding the meaning of the monument.


Dome of the rock; Decorations; Art; Mosaics; Inscriptions

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v7i28.10619