A Temple Mount model made of Lego bricks

I have seen many models of the Temple Mount and designed some myself, but I have never seen a model made of Lego bricks. Joshua Hanlon made his model of the Second Temple of Jerusalem which is on display at Brickworld Fort Wayne 2016:

Model of the temple Mount made of Lego bricks

It must have been fun to make this model which is mainly based on the Temple Mount in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem that is now in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem:

The Model of Second Temple Jerusalem in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

I do prefer, however, the more realistic model I designed a while ago and that is now in the Yeshiva University, New York:

An overall view of the Temple Mount from the southeast. The Eastern wall is in the foreground and the Temple with its buildings stands near the centre. The Antonia Fortress at the northwest corner of the Temple Mount is visible to the right of the Temple.

HT: Nathaniel Ritmeyer

4 thoughts on “A Temple Mount model made of Lego bricks”

  1. I really like the Lego model! I am curious about your opinion on the use of the open areas of the Temple Mount in this model as well as in your own work. A number of Mishnaic and Talmudic sources describe chambers that were likely located on the Temple Mount, making the Mount look more like a bustling city rather than an empty expanse. Is there archeological evidence one way or the other?

    I made a rendering of what the Temple Mount might look like with many of these chambers in place:


  2. Yoav,
    There are no identifiable remains on the Temple Mount of the builodings you have in mind. The large open spaces were used for people to congregate. Animal pens were probably placed in the north part of the complex. Good luck with your model.

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