The model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period was created by Professor Avi-Yonah, a leading scholar specializing in ancient Jerusalem. His reconstruction is based on descriptions from Jewish sources, particularly the Mishnah, and the writings of the contemporary historian Flavius Josephus. He also relied on archaeological finds from Jerusalem and from other Roman cities.
The Model, measuring 1,000 sqm, recreates the city of 66 CE at the height of its glory, the eve of the great revolt of the Jews against the Romans. The city then stretched over some 450 acres.
At the heart of this impressive city stands the Temple Mount. A closer look reveals the uniquely Jewish character of Jerusalem. First, there is only one sacred precinct - the Temple Mount - with a single temple, to one God. Second, the city has no sculptures, or reliefs depicting human figures and animals, in accordance with the second of the Ten Commandment: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
The magnificence of the city as it replicated in the model did not last for long. In 66 CE the Great Revolt against the Romans broke out, and in 70 CE, after five years of fighting, the city was destroyed and the Temple burnt down. (imj.org.il)
It is located at the grounds of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. 📸 @favoredani