Shalom! Second Temple

Shalom! Continuing our journey in Israel, if you missed my earlier posts, check out Shalom! Israel.

After our morning visit to Yad Vashem, we spent the afternoon at the Israel Museum. We spent most of our time at the Second Temple Model.


The Jerusalem Second Temple Model built to a 1:50 scale, recreates the Second Temple and the surrounding Jerusalem cityscape before its destruction by the Romans in 66 AD. The ancient city was then at its largest, covering an area of ca. 445 acres (more than twice the size of the Old City today).  The model reflects ancient Jerusalem at its peak, just before all was lost.


The model was built between 1962-1966 by the late proprietor of the Holyland Hotel, Mr. Hans Kroch, in memory of his son Jacob, who fell in Israel’s War of Independence, with the guidance of the late Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  In 2006, the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem is being transferred from its site on the grounds of the Holyland hotel to the Israel Museum, located adjacent to the Shrine of the Book.




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