Jewish Temple Model

Jewish Temple Model

Jewish Temple Model - Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.

Also known as the Holyland model, it displays an accurate rendition of the city of Jerusalem as it was in the late Second Temple Period, all in a 1:50 scale model. The model used to be housed in the gardens of Jerusalem's former Holyland hotel, and was moved to the Israel museum gardens in June 2006. 2,000 square meters in size, the model was finished in 1974 and designed by Israeli historian Michael Avi Yonah. It is based on a wide range of historical sources, including the writings of Josephus Flavius.


Moving the model from the Holyland hotel to the Israel museum was a complex project, including the dismantling of the model into 1000 pieces and an estimated cost of 3.5 million dollars.

While the model was completed in the 1970s, it continues to be updated to this day- based on new archeological findings and research in the field. As new digs constantly lead to new discoveries regarding the history of Jerusalem, the model is meticulously changed to keep up with the correct facts from the field.



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