The most contested real estate on Earth?

Muslims call it the Noble Sanctuary. Jews and Christians call it the Temple Mount. Built atop Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, this 36-acre site is the place where seminal events in Islam, Judaism and Christianity are said to have taken place, and it has been a flash point of conflict for millenniums. Many aspects of its meaning and history are still disputed by religious and political leaders, scholars, and even archaeologists. Several cycles of building and destruction have shaped what is on this hilltop today. Read related article.

SOURCE: Ritmeyer Archaeological Design, Encyclopaedia Britannica,,, Temple Mount Archaeology, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Smithsonian Magazine; Photo reference: Hanan Isachar Photography.