The Dome of the Rock is a building of extraordinary beauty,
solidity, elegance, and singularity of shape… Both outside and inside, the
decoration is so magnificent and the workmanship so surpassing as to defy
description. The greater part is covered with gold so that the eyes of one who
gazes on its beauties are dazzled by its brilliance, now glowing like a mass of
light, now flashing like lightning.