Search
 

 More From Region

 

The Model of Second Temple Jerusalem

​The Model of Second Temple Jerusalem, one of the capital’s best-loved visitor sites, first opened in 1966 on the grounds of a Jerusalem hotel. It was built at the behest of the hotel’s owner, Hans Kroch, in memory of his son Jacob who fell in Israel's War of Independence.

On this Page:

Model of Second Temple  
The Model of Second Temple Jerusalem, one of the capital’s best-loved visitor sites, first opened in 1966 on the grounds of a Jerusalem hotel. It was built at the behest of the hotel’s owner, Hans Kroch, in memory of his son Jacob who fell in Israel's War of Independence. But when construction activities around the hotel necessitated the model’s move, the Israel Museum welcomed it, and it was reopened in 2006. The 1:50 model now occupies 21,500 square feet next to the landmark Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest copies of the Hebrew Bible ever found, are displayed. Ancient Jerusalem’s palaces, homes, courtyards, gardens, theater and markets are all there in intricate detail, crowned by the Temple, the spiritual center of the Jewish People and the largest building project in the world of its day.
 
A short film, screened in the new auditorium of the museum’s Dorot Foundation Information and Study Center, highlights the complexities of life in those days and is a companion piece to the Shrine of the Book and the model. The plot follows two fictional friends: one an acolyte of the sect that lived at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, the other a young Jerusalem priest, as each seeks his spiritual path in troubled times.
 
The model’s new setting allows visitors both to circumnavigate it and to view it from above, getting a glimmer of the grandeur of this city, about which the sages said “ten measures of beauty were given to the world; nine were taken by Jerusalem.”
 
 

 Sites & Attractions

 
System of underground tunnels constituting a continuous chain of history from the times...
This marvelous church is a landmark of the city of Jerusalem, and is the site where the...
Castel National Park You can hear this site’s ancient history in its name – 1,000 year...
Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds i...
The best-known rooftop in Jaffa – thanks to Peter’s famous vision – belongs to the Hous...
Interactive museum designed to bring the world of science and technology closer to chil...
 

 Accommodations

 
Hotel Leonardo Suites Bat-Yam on Bat-Yam's promenade and 15 minutes from the center of ...
Hotel primarily serving Jewish Religious families and offering various categories of ro...
Dream time, is a time for relaxation and rest...
Attractions