Swords into Plowshares, The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace
Closes September 16
Studying Art in the Museum
for adults and children at beginning and advanced levels
Secrets and Ties
Wondrous Connections in the Israel Museum Collections
The galleries in the main building are currently closed to the public
due to the comprehensive program of renewal at the Israel Museum.
Signs of Life: Animating Ticho House
Until September 26
The Shrine of the Book
Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
Youth Wing
Campus Renewal Project

Interactive Tours of the Shrine of the Book Complex

---About the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period

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The model of Jerusalem in the year 66 CE  represents the ancient city at its largest, (more than twice the size of the Old City today).  Ancient Jerusalem was at its peak, just before the Great Revolt against the Romans which resulted in the destruction of the city and the Temple.

The mode was originally constructed on the grounds of Jerusalem’s Holyland Hotel at the initiative of its owner Hans Kroch, in memory of his son Jacob, who fell in Israel’s War of Independence. The model opened to the public on the premises of the hotel in 1966 and quickly became a popular attraction and a cultural landmark.  In 2006 it was relocated to the Israel Museum and became a permanent feature of the museum’s twenty-acre campus. Its transfer and reconstruction was a monumental undertaking, recreating the city’s topography in its new location, an achievement that took twelve months.  The addition of the model enhances the Israel Museum campus, contextualizing the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls as a three-dimensional illustration of the seminal period of history that produced the scrolls.

Built to a scale of 50:1 under the direction of Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah of the Hebrew University of  Jerusalem, the model took four years to complete.The reconstruction was based on three main sources of information: literary works (especially the books of Josephus, the Mishnah, the Talmud, and the Gospels); comparisons to ancient cities similar to Jerusalem; and archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem itself. Though the information available at the time of the model's construction was rather limited, extensive excavations of Jerusalem’s Old City since then have greatly enhanced the understanding of the ancient city and enabled the museum to improve and update the model. It is expected that such work will continue in the future.

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