al-Kas (The Bowl Fountain)

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al-Kas (الكاس), from Arabic meaning cup or bowl, is an ablution fountain located on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) just in front of al-Aqsa mosque.


al-Kas, looking northwards, in front of al-Aqsa at Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount), it is used by worshipers for ablutions (الوضوء) before salah, a ritual washing of the hands, arms, legs, feet, and face before entry into the mosque.

Brief History

circa 709 CE

Umayyad Era
It was first built in 709 by the Umayyads, but in 1327–28 Governor Tankiz enlarged it to accommodate more worshipers. Although originally supplied with water from Solomon's Pools near Bethlehem. Over the years several Muslims rulers and notable people added several

circa 709 CE

Current Structure
The Sabil al-Kas has undergone a number of changes over the centuries. In the 20th-century, al-Kas was provided taps and stone seating (inspect). It currently receives water from pipes connected to Jerusalem's water supply.


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