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Main Exhibit: The Temple Model

 

This new model of Herod’s Temple was designed to allow a group of viewers to stand around its perimeter while enjoying a guided tour given by one of our knowledgable staff.

 

Various different lighting effects enhance the scene, highlighting the individual courts and buildings as they are described.

 

The model becomes more animated with the use of several concealed audio speakers which enable visitors to hear the common languages spoken at the time: Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin.

 

Sound effects also include silver trumpet blasts, the blowing of a shofar, samples of music and singing, and the sheep at the northern gate.

 

Practical Arrangements

 

The model is transported in a road trailer 13ft long, towed by a transit van. Good road access to the venue is vital, with nearby parking.

 

Assembling the model, with all its hidden cabling, takes half a day. Setup takes longer if it is to include the blackout of windows, chair arrangement, positioning of screen etc.

 

Assistance by local volunteers with unloading and packing away is always appreciated. Three staff usually travel with this exhibition.

 

If required, surrounding black curtains enclose an area measuring 10ft x 20ft. A suspended projection screen (shown right) can be used to illustrate the interior of buildings.

 

 

The Antonia Fortress

Looking inside this section of the model, to the Temple’s north east, viewers can see the intricately painted figures of Roman troops, and hear the military commands given in Latin.

Temple Model: The Detail

 

With the use of 3D-printing, parts of this model are shown in great detail. The columns are all capped with gold painted printed capitals.

 

The four 70ft tall lampstands which stood in the Court of the Women are modelled with side ladders, each fitted with four tiny LED lamps.

 

Items in the forecourt of the Sanctuary include the altar with smoking fire, the copper laver with lifting gear, and the area for sacrifice.

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