Royal Stoa



The Royal Stoa was built along the full length of the Southern Wall of the Herodian Temple Mount. It had a basilical plan with 162 columns in four rows. The row of columns facing the Temple Mount was open, as can be seen in this model.
The Royal Stoa was used as a sacred market place, where money could be changed and smaller animals for sacrifice purchased. It could have been the place, therefore, where Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers and those that sold doves (Matthew 21.1-16).