Mount Moriah in the time of Solomon



At the beginning of his reign David (1010-970 BC) brought the Ark of the Covenant from Kiriath-jearim to Jerusalem, the City of David. There it rested, presumably in a tent on the grounds of David’s palace, until circa 967 BC. The Ark was then moved into the new temple that was built on Mount Moriah by Solomon, the son of David.
The Holy of Holies was placed on the summit of the mount, with the Temple facing east, toward the Mount of Olives. Solomon also built a palace complex adjacent to the Temple. It consisted of his armory, the House of the Forest of Lebanon, a Hall of Pillars, the Porch of the King’s Throne, the King’s House and the house of his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter.