Select Pictures of
The Model of the Beis Hamikdash
designed by Rav Zalmen Koren Shlit"a

Rav Zalmen Koren Shlit"a of Yerushalayim, is considered on of the top experts (if not the top) on the subject of the layout of the Beis Hamikdash. He is the first person to fully incorporate all the sources in Chazal, and many other sources together with the typographical layout on Har Habayis. The exact layout of the buildings on Har Habayis during the days of the Beis Hamikdash, still remains a big mystery. Very little if any of the original structures are still in situ. However, by carefully studying the topographical maps and the current structures on the Har Habayis it is possible to move a few steps closer to solving this mystery.

The magnificent model of the Second Beis Hamikdash currently on display in the famous "Kotel Tunnel" was built by Mr. Avi Kedar at the initiative of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and was designed by Rav Koren shlit"a. The model contains many new ideas on the subject. [In 1977 Rav Koren published his sefer "Chatzros Beis Hashem" which contains some of these ideas.] Unfortunately, it is impossible to put all these ideas online, so when you study these pictures you may have more questions than answers. We will however accompany each picture, with a brief basic explanation of Rav Koren’s unique ideas, visible in that specific picture. Be"H in the near future, a book with all the explanations will be published. In the meantime, Rav Koren very generously permitted us to place a few professional pictures of his model, on the Web. If you have any questions about these pictures, please email them to me, and we’ll try to sort things out.

(The pictures are somewhat large ranging from 70k - 90k, but well worth the wait.
One picture per page)

The pictures are the property of Rav Koren shlit"a and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

Yehuda Landy (email

Aerial View of the Ezras Kohanim Facing the North

Aerial View of the Northeastern Corner of the Azarah

View of the Entire Model from the Southeastern Corner

The Nikanor Gate

View of the Area Between the Royal Stoa and the Soreg

The Lishkas Hagazis

The Mizbeiach - View From the West

View of the Entire Model from the East

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