My friend Lesleigh Cushing and I made it to the Noble Sanctuary yesterday morning. There was no queue and the atmosphere was lovely. It was one of the times when it was almost impossible to take a picture of the gorgeous architecture in its quiet elegance without also taking pictures of people: other tourists taking pictures; qur'an students gathered in small groups (mostly women); street urchins. The Friday mosque and the Dome of the Rock were closed to non-Muslims, though we could have obtained a permit and entered with an authorized guide. Next time, I guess.