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First Century Model of Jerusalem

second temple model israel museum

Even being a 1:50 scale model, this impressive presentation of Jerusalem in the 1st century is anything but a miniature. Covering an area of 2,000-square-meter (21,520-square-foot), this model is a speculated yet very detailed suggestion of Jerusalem’s image before its Roman destruction in 70 AD. The model was created in the 1960’s on the premises of the Holyland hotel, in western Jerusalem. Its scientific consultant, Prof. Avi-Yona, combined historical sources and archaeological research to weave in an unprecedented detailed of Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. Its focal point is the suggested grand image of the Temple and the Temple Mount, echoing the scale of Herod’s most remarkable building project. In 2010, in another meticulous project, its entirety was moved to the Israel Museum, and set next to the Shrine of the Book.

For a full appreciation of the model it is recommended to set a guided tour of the Israel Museum combined with a day tour of Jerusalem.

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