I took this picture in the summer of 2009, while visiting Palestine. The Dome of the Rock, found in Jerusalem is truly a sight to see, its magnificent dome, and stylized mosaic tiles are what give the mosque its beauty. Although it was built in 691 A.D. under Umayyud rule, it has been changed and modernized throughout history. The mosque's mosaic and marble decorations for example, were not a part of the original structure. The Dome that crowns the mosque is another example of the alterations the masjid has undergone. The dome was originally plated with what was believed to be 100,000 melted gold dinar coins until its 1964 restoration, when it was covered with aluminum. In 1998 it was again coated with gold following an $8.2 million donation from the king of Jordon. Although the mosque was refurbished throughout history its perfect architectural form and balanced proportion have not be altered since its completion in 691 A.D.