|View of the Israel Museum Temple model. Columns of the Temple Mount|
are visible on the left side of this photo.
The design of the columns which I use in my computer model is based on archeological evidence found in Persepolis (in modern Iran), the capital of the Persian Empire. The Jewish artisans who returned from the Persian-held lands to Jerusalem may have borrowed elements of the royal architecture they saw in Persepolis and incorporated this style into the columns of the Second Temple.
|Column of the Second Temple|