Location of Solomon's Temple
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 -Temple Mount and Ophel
Warren's Survey Map
 -With cistern explainations
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
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Nehemiah's Wall

The old wall of the City of David and Temple Mount

Nehemiahís wall gives us some important information that helps identify where the Temple was NOT located.

Nehemiah wrote that the Tower of the Hundred (Meah) was in the north wall as the drawing below indicates. It was the fortification against an attack from the North on the Temple and City of David. Nehemiah did not rebuild any of the Temple walls. He only rebuilt the City walls.

The Tower of Sammeah {Meah=hundred). Perhaps a 100 cubits high. Located on the old North wall, called by archaeologists the Ancient North Wall. Nehemiah tells us that Tower of meah was between the Sheep Gate and the Tower of Hananeel in the North Wall.

The Meah tower on the north wall was replaced with the Baris Tower/ fortress after the Hasmoneans defeated Antiochus IV in 163 AD. Later the Baris was increased in size dramatically by Herod and called Fort Antonia.

It is believed by Leen Ritmyer, and I agree,  that Hezekiah (700B BC) built the lower portions of the east wall (in blue) all the way from the bend in the east wall to just beyond the east gate, at that point the wall went westward across the mount.

The ruins of the oldest east gate still remain under the east gate we see today.  Nehemiah called this older gate in Hezekiah's wall the Commanders Gate, which as we can see was located at the very north end of the old east wall in blue, but after the east wall was extended on both the north and the south ends then the gate in the east wall is a little more centralized.

The true East Gate, and East wall, of Solomonís Temple were never rebuilt by Herod. He said it was too beautiful, and his builders did not have permission to touch it.

There is no way this east gate entered directly into the womanís court in the time of Nehemiah.


Map of Jerusalem First Century

Yellow area would have been the city walls in the time of Nehemiah.
Herod rebuilt this wall and also built a wall around the New City (in green).
Later Herod Agrippa I built a third city wall increasing the size of the City of Jerusalem. (purple)  At this time he connected his new city wall to the pre-existing temple mount wall, further fortifying the Mount area.  That explains why there is no northern wall of the Temple mount we see today.