al-Kas (The Bowl Fountain)
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.
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, it currently receives water from pipes connected to Jerusalem's water supply. Over the years several Muslims rulers and notable people added several
In the 20th-century, al-Kas was provided taps and stone seating (inspect).
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