In Jerusalem he photographed both Christian and Islamic sites in order to compare their architectural styles.... At Haram Al-Charif, he made numerous images of the Mosque of Omar and its grand dome. In the capital of Palestine, Girault de Prangey recorded multiple panoramic vistas of the city from beyond the perimeter walls.
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This panorama gives a superb view of the Old City skyline and some of the most important buildings within, including the Dome of the Rock, the oldest extant Islamic monument in the world, built in the 7th century by Caliph Abd al-Malik. It is positioned at the highest point of the Temple Mount area in the Old City, dominating the Old City of Jérusalem, and was originally intended as a shrine for pilgrims. The rock on which it stands, and indeed the whole area of the Old City, is of the deepest historical, religious and political significance. Girault de Prangey pictures the Dome in a number of alternative views, including some from a closer vantage point. Although this view is not focused exclusively on the Dome, its details are still clearly visible. This view gives a clear sense of the various buildings in proximity to the Dome of the Rock, and of the overall layout of the city, and reveals detail of other structures, such as the Lions' Gate Minaret and the Dome of the Chain.