As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out. Built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognised by all three religions as the site of Abraham's sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ's tomb. Besides the golden Dome of the Rock, the right-hand third of the image also shows the Old City with its small-scale buildings, clearly distinguished from the newer parts of Jerusalem.
The image was taken on 13 September 2006 by the Ikonos satellite and has a resolution of four metres. It covers an area of five by ten kilometres.
Credit: Space Imaging Middle East/DLR.