Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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The Dome of the Rock was built to rival the splendor of Christian and Judaic architecture of the time. It’s dome is 20 m wide and consists of two wooden shells supported by a drum 16 m in height. The building uses design elements from Christian architecture of late antiquity and Byzantine architecture. It is the oldest remaining example of a Muslim monument and is built over the Foundation Stone, a highly significant holy site in both the Judaic and Muslim traditions.


Ettinghausen, Richard, Grabar, Oleg and Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001) 15-17


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


religious architecture, Islamic architecture, Dome of the Rock, historic