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Imam Al Jazuli describes the Rawdah of The Prophet ﷺ in the Dala'il Al Khayrat. He says: This is a description of the Rawdah in the which are buried the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and his Companions, Abu Bakr and Umar, may Allah be pleased with them both. Thus Urwa ibn az-Zubaiyr, may Allah be pleased with him, mentioned:
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ is buried in an alcove, and Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, is behind the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. Umar ibn Khattab, May Allah be pleased with him, is buried at the feet of the Abu Bakr and the eastern side of the alcove is left empty. There is a place for another tomb. They say, and Allah Knows Best, that ‘Isa ibn Maryam, peace be upon him, will be buried there, and this part of the good news brought by the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him
Here's a diagram taken from HajjUmrahPlanner.com:
The brief description of the Rawdah is followed by a narration of Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her:
“I saw three moons falling into my room. I told my vision to Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him. He told me, ‘O Aisha, there will be three buried in your house. They are better than all the people of the earth’. When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ passed away, he was buried in my house, Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, said to me, ‘This is one your moons and he is the best of them, Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him and his family”
Later copies of the Dala'il Al Khayrat include illustrations of the Rawdah and the Haram in Makkah:
In contrast to the diagrammatic illustrations above, the Holy Mosques of Makkah and Medina were presented with panoramic views. The dome of the Prophet’s ﷺ Mosque in Medina was painted green in 1837 and is depicted as such in the illustration below, created two decades later.
Sources: Dala'il Al Khayrat, sacredfootsteps.org, hajjumrahplanner.com