Aug 16, 2011
The Holyland Model in Its Glory

Photographer Mendy Hechtman visited the Holyland Model of Jerusalem and the second Bais Hamikdash exhibited in the Israel Museum.

By Wikipedia
Photos by Mendy Hechtman

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.

The model, measuring 2,000 square meters (21,520 square feet) was commissioned in 1966 by Hans Kroch, 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. In 2006, the model was installed on 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.

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Was there no greenery in ancient Yerushalayim?
(8/16/2011 1:33:27 PM)
A few mistakes
The model has a few mistakes:
#1: The Beis Hamikdosh was towards the far right corner of the Har Habayis.
#2: Almost the entire city was on the south (left) side of the Har Habayis, and a little bit on the west (back) side. On the north (right) side of the Har Habayis, there was a desert - the Har Habayis was the northeastern corner of Yerushalayim.
(8/16/2011 2:55:33 PM)
what are you complaining about?!
i think this is a very beautiful peace of art!
(these people must be stiff bored!........................ who has the time to build a mini city!) but i must say well done it looks fantastic!! :)
(8/16/2011 3:18:26 PM)
why they moved it?
Why the model was moved to the museum?
(8/16/2011 3:40:35 PM)
beautiful pics
may we be together with the real Bais Hamigdash with the coming of MOSHIACH NOW
(8/16/2011 4:39:00 PM)
Historical Accuracy
A models historical accuracy is important. When Rabbi Levanoni brought his model of the Beis Hamikdosh to the Rebbe during dollars, the rebbe told him it was wrong. Rabbi Levanoni who has written seforim on the Beis Hamikdosh could only find one thing wrong with the model, it was off by a few millimetres! In education we cant be inaccurate.
(8/16/2011 4:41:48 PM)
Cant wait to see the REAL thing in person!!

Mashiach NOW!!!!
(8/16/2011 9:47:55 PM)
Rabbi A.
(8/17/2011 9:27:46 AM)
wow mashiach now!!!!!!
(8/25/2011 4:15:45 PM)
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