3-D Model of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

By Stephanie Sud

WebDome 1 Webdome 2 Webdome 3
2nd Quarter Modeling
3rd Quarter Modeling
Final Modeling
Vector drawing / Wireframe View(dwf)

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Abstract: The Dome of the Rock is a famous Muslim masterpiece in Jerusalem that was built in the seventh century. I modeled the monument using AutoCad 2002 working from photographs from books, images from the internet, and limited information about the dimensions. My modeling included the structure, the extensive exterior tiles, and the application of dozens of different materials to the inticate design. The Dome of the Rock holds religious significance in the religions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. I studied the immense historical, cultural, and religious significance of its architecture. The octagonal shape, gold covered dome, and Arabic inscriptions all have special meaning. As the year progressed and violence erupted in Jerusalem, I also followed the involvement of the Dome of the Rock in the modern day conflict. The Temple Mount on which the Dome stands is believed to contain the ruins of Judaism's holiest temple, on top of which sits the rock from which Islam's Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. Control of holy sites has been one of the biggest obstacles in failed peace processes. I have found the Dome of the Rock to be fascinating from an architectural, historical, cultural, and religious perspective.

4th Quarter: I finished my modeling of the Dome of the Rock. The biggest challenge in the fourth quarter was the window-like structures on the base. Obviously, modeling such an intricate structure could continue infinitely, but I have met my goal in terms of the depth of modeling. In the process I have learned about the tremendous historical, cultural, and religous signifiance of the Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount on which it stands. I have also followed the involvement of the Dome of the Rock in the Middle East conflict that has been escalating for several months now, as control of holy sites is one of the biggest obstacles in the peace process.

3rd Quarter: I made considerable progress on the Dome in the third quarter. I made the golden diamond tiles on the base, did all of the extensive tile work on the middle cylindrical section, and modeled the entry ways. In the fourth quarter I will do the tile work inside the window-like structures on the base.

2nd Quarter: This is a rendered view of the work I have done on modelling the Dome of the Rock. I completed the basic structure this semester. Next quarter I will work on the more detailed exterior inlay tile work. The detailed tile work is extensive, so completing it will give me a much more realistic rendering.


Proposal - The Dome of the Rock is a famous Muslim masterpiece in Jerusalem that was built in the seventh century. It has enormous significance the in religions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and is a symbol of unity between the three religions. I plan to make a model of this monument using AutoCad 2000. In doing so, I will study the immense historical, cultural, and religious significance of its architecture.

 Here are some links where you can learn more about the Dome of the Rock:
http://www.sacredsites.com/1st30/domeof.html
 http://users.erols.com/ameen/domerock.htm
 http://www.templemount.org/
 http://jeru.huji.ac.il/ee21.htm
 http://www.al-aqsa.com/DOME.HTML


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