Herod’s Temple Mount



This well-known reconstruction drawing of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the Second Temple period by Leen Ritmeyer is based on historical information and the results of the Temple Mount excavations, which were led by the late Prof. Benjamin Mazar from 1968-’78.
Herod the Great enlarged the existing Temple Mount to double its size and built a new Temple. In the Western Wall (left) there were four gates and in the Southern Wall (right) there were two. Above this wall stood the Royal Stoa. The Antonia Fortress at the northwest corner (far left) guarded the Temple Mount from the north.