The Western Arched Gate

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The Western Arched Gate on the Dome of the Rock's platform is one of of the three gate located on the west side of the platform. It is located in the middle of the west edge of the platform.

It has 4 arches supported by 2 stone columns and 3 marble columns. There are 24 staircases leading up to the arched gate.

The arched gate runs parallel to the the west door of the Dome of the Rock and the Ablution Gate of al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

It was believed to be constructed in 340 H/951 M during Abbasid era and renovated during Fatimid. There is a one-line inscription below the capital of the northernmost column bearing the name of the father of Muslim geographer al-Maqdisi - Ahmad ibn Abu Bakar al-Banna which indicated him as the latest renovator of the arched gate.


Guide to the Masjid al-Aqsa by Dr Muhammad Hashim Ghosheh (Published by Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, 2005)
Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (
‎Madain Project (
Aqsapedia (