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Coordinates: 31°46′24″N 35°12′08″E / 31.7732°N 35.2023°E / 31.7732; 35.2023

Scale model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period, Israel Museum

The Holyland Model of Jerusalem is a 1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period. The model was moved from its original location at the Holyland Hotel in Bayit VeGan, Jerusalem, to a new site at the Israel Museum in June 2006.[1]



Herod's Temple model at Holyland Hotel in 1998

The model, measuring 2,000 square metres (22,000 sq ft) was commissioned in 1966 by the banker, the owner of the Holyland Hotel, in memory of his son, Yaakov, an IDF soldier who was killed in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. The model was designed by Israeli historian and geographer Michael Avi-Yonah based on the writings of Flavius Josephus and other historical sources. The model includes a replica of the Herodian Temple. From 1974, Yoram Tsafrir superintended the Holyland Model of Jerusalem.[2]

In 2006, the model was relocated to the southern edge of the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden at the Israel Museum. In preparation for the move, the model was sawn into 1,000 pieces and later reassembled. The Holyland Hotel spent $3.5 million on the move.[1]

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  • Balakirsky Katz, Maya (17 January 2011). "Avi Yonah's Model Of Second Temple Jerusalem And The Development Of Israeli Visual Culture". In Steven Fine. The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah: In Honor of Professor Louis H. Feldman. BRILL. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004192539.i-405.75. ISBN 978-90-04-21471-2.


  1. ^ a b "Rock of our existence". Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-16.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Wharton, Annabel Jane (15 August 2006). Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks. University of Chicago Press. pp. 220–. ISBN 978-0-226-89422-5. Retrieved 14 April 2013.

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