Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dome of the Rock

Jerusalem is a contentious area in part because it is a sacred site to the world's three major monotheistic religions. To Jews it is the site of the ancient Temple, to be rebuilt again in a messianic age. To Christians it is the site of Jesus' death and resurrection and other important events in his life and the life of the church. To Muslims it is the point from which Muhammad ascended into Heaven accompanied by the angel Gabriel. According to tradition, in 620 he stepped off from a rock on the Temple Mount to begin his miraculous journey. Between 685 and 691, the Dome of the Rock was built at this location, and is one of the holiest shrines in Islam. Arthur Gugick recreated this building in LEGO. Look close to check out the attention to detail. Among other things, this MOC graced the cover of the winter 2008 edition of BrickJournal.

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