Information & Facts
Temple Mount, Old City
IS 36 (Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque and Islamic
Museum); Temple Mount admission is free
Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of Israel.
Most of the population also speak English.
The Israeli Shekel (ILS) is divided into 100 agorot (singular is
agora). Money can be changed in the small exchange bureaux found on
most main streets, or at banks and hotels. ATMs are prevalent
throughout the country and linked to American systems. Most banks
are open Sunday through to Friday until noon, and are open again
from 4pm till 6pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Major credit
cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, though
commission on these is high.
The site is temporarily closed to non-Muslims due to
religious tensions. Usually, it is open Saturday to Thursday, (in
summer) from 7.30am to 11am and from 1.30pm to 3pm; and (in winter)
from 8am to 10.30am and 12.20pm to 2pm. Closed on Fridays and
during prayer times