Solomon’s Temple Palace Complex



According to 1 Kings 6 and 7, Solomon built a new Temple and Palace Complex on Mount Moriah. This schematic drawing shows an arrangement of the different buildings, based on parallels with similar complexes ecxcavated elsewhere in the Middle East.
The main entrance was through the Hall of Pillars, which was flanked by the Throne Hall on the right, where Solomon judged, and the armoury, called the House of the Forest of Lebanon on the left. In the centre of this complex is the palace, called Solomon’s House, which had a separate wing for his wife, Pharaoh’s Daughter. From a large courtyard in front of Solomon’s House, a special royal ascent led up to the Temple, which lay on higher ground.
A copy with annotations is also available.