The Dome of the Rock popped up on the screen recently in an Islamic architecture class that I’m sitting in on, and I thought, oh yeah! The Dome of the Rock! When I looked into it again after class, I realized that I’d forgotten how rich and complicated it is. So rich and complicated that I’ve really been struggling with this post, trying to figure out what the point is. Here’s what I’ve come up with: 1) The Dome of the Rock is breathtaking beautiful; 2) The Dome of the Rock is somewhat mysterious; and 3) The Dome of the Rock may be an Islamic building, but it’s firmly rooted in architectural traditions that came before it.
Let’s start with the beauty. Take a look:
Wow flipping wow! Doesn’t that knock your socks off? Continue reading