Location of Solomon's Temple


Aerial Photo
 -Temple Mount and Ophel

Warren's Survey Map
 -With cistern descriptions

5 location Theories
 -Josephus' layout

Water Channels and  levels
 -Map and info

Nehemiah Map
 -Map of City Walls

Fort Antonia
 -On the highest hill

Solomon's Portico
 -What was Triple Gate?

Double Gate
 -Not Huldah Gate

Southeast Corner
 -Who built it?

Ophel Excavations
 -Ruins reveal the location

Temple Platform
 -Original location

Temple Mount
  -illustration 70 AD

Temple Diagrams
 -According to ruins

Herod's Temple Courts
  -According to Josephus

Early Temple Illustration
 - from David to Herod

Wailing wall
 -A little history

 Temple Mount Chronology
 950 BC - 135 CE

Aerial View of the Temple Mount

"Locating Solomon's' Temple"
by Norma Robertson

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Aerial View of the Temple Mount

The Temple compound was made up of a square, in a square, in a square.  The first square was the Holy of Holies. The second was the sacred area that the gentiles were not allowed to enter, and the last square was the outer courts/court of the gentiles.

Herod increased the size of those outer courts. BUT IT REMAINED A SQUARE!
The increased size of the compound after Herod's rebuilding was approximately 600 X 600 feet.

When I saw this aerial photo of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Nov. 9, 2000 I could see that square clearly in the ruins.  I was not surprised to learn that the area that I believed contained the Temple compound, or complex, was exactly 600 feet by 600 feet! 

Look for the Ophel Ruins at the bottom of this photo


This is a photo of the East side of the Ophel ruins
Excavation of this area began in 1967

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Warren's map pasted over this photo.

This is the southern half of a the survey map by the  explorers, Sir Charles Wilson and Charles Warren in 1860's and 70's. 
This map shows the cisterns and structures underground on the temple mount.  It showed the ruins of old gates under the Mount.  I combined it with the picture of the Ophel ruins, with its exposed gate.  Together this map and photo confirmed what I had seen!   Four gates, of North, West, East, and South formed a 600 foot square area.  The same size of the Temple described by Josephus Flavius an early historian who visited the Temple of Herod before it was destroyed in 70 AD.

The evidence of these gates and the other evidence found in these maps, led me to create a diagram of the temple. 

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This places the location of the first and second Temples under the Al Aksa mosque! Not under the Dome of the Rock.

Diagram of Solomon's in green and Herod's extended Temple complex in blue laid over the photo.