Qubbat Suleiman (Solomon’s Dome)

Qubbat Suleiman stands in al-Aqsa Mosque, opposite to the northern hallway near Bab al-Atm. The history of the Dome is not recorded. However, it is likely to have been built in the year 600 Hijri / 1203 AD.

Its founder is unknown, although some people attribute it to Prophet Solomon or the Umayyad Caliphate Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik, while others attribute it to the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. However, there is no proof of any of these attributes. It is a memorial dome, which is used today as a center for the women preachers at al-Aqsa Mosque.

The construction on which the Dome is built is octagonal, consisting of eight walls supporting a circular stone drum. This drum holds a puffed spherical dome.