In honor of the month of Kislev and the chanukas habayis [rededication of the Temple] that took place on Chanukah, I have prepared a new Lego® model of the Temple. This version is in a larger scale than my last attempt and adds a whole new level of detail.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words I'll let the pixels do the talking:
In the southeastern corner of the Courtyard (above the Altar in this picture) was a series of three chambers, and on the roof of the central one was a mikveh. The gate in the background is the Water Gate, and above it was the unroofed Chamber of Avtinas where the incense was prepared. Next to the Chamber of Avtinas is yet another mikveh. Both mikvehs were visible from the Courtyard, so when they were being used the Kohanim would hold up a sheet in front of them for privacy.
model built by Yitzy Kasowitz. His Temple is based on the opinion of Rambam and shows what the Temple would have looked like in its Herodian reconstruction. My model follows the view of Tiferes Yisrael and shows what the original Second Temple would have looked like.
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