Pope Francis on Monday entered the Dome of the Rock, the iconic shrine located at the third-holiest spot in Islam, on the third and final day of visit to the Holy Land.
Francis’ visit came during the Muslim holiday of Isra and Mi’raj, which marks the ascending of Prophet Mohammad from earth to heaven.
Francis took off his shoes to step into the gold-topped dome, according to the Associated Press. The dome enshrines the rock where Muslims believe the Prophet ascended to heaven.
The mosque complex, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, is at the heart of the territorial and religious disputes between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Francis was meeting with the grand mufti of Jerusalem before going to pray at the Western Wall, the only remains of the biblical Second Temple and the holiest place where Jews can pray.