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Solomon's Temple (Inner)

3D images of the interior of Solomon's temple.
Contributed by Bible Scenes
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese
All Israelites could enter the courtyard of the temple to bring sacrifices to the altar, but that’s as far as they could go. Only the priests could go through the golden temple doors into the Holy Place and only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year on the Day of Atonement. He could only enter after offering a sacrifice for his own sins and then taking the atoning blood there for the sins of the people. – Slide 1
The Holy Place was 40 cubits long (approximately 60ft, 20m). A cubit being the measurement from a man’s elbow to the tip of his middle finger – around 18 inches (45cm). It’s width was 20 cubits (20ft 10m). – Slide 2
The Holy Place was 30 cubits (45ft, 15m) high with windows on the east side above the entrance. – Slide 3
At the rear of the temple, at the west end, on a raised floor, hidden from view, was a room 20 cubits long, 20 wide and 20high (approximately 30ft, 10m square).  <br/>It was known as the ‘Most Holy Place’ or ‘Holy of Holies’. It did not have windows. Leading up the this raised room were steps overlaid with gold. The Holy of Holies was floored and paneled with cedar of Lebanon which were overlaid with 20 metric tonnes of gold. – Slide 4
The two-leaved entrance doors to the Holy Place and Holy of Holies were made of olivewood carved with cherubim, palm-trees, and flowers, overlaid with gold. – Slide 5
The walls of the Holy Place were lined with cedar, on which were carved figures of cherubim, palm-trees, and open flowers, all overlaid with gold. – Slide 6
In the tabernacle there had been one 7 branched candle stick known as a ‘menorah’. In Solomon’s Temple there were 5 on each side of the Holy Place, making 10 in total. – Slide 7
At the west side of the Holy Place stood the table for the Bread of the Presence (also called the showbread or shewbread).  The table was made of gold and on it were twelve pieces of bread, one for every tribe of Israel. Fresh bread was placed in the table on each Sabbath in two piles of six. – Slide 8
Standing before the Holy of Holies was a golden altar used for incense offerings. The smoke from the burnt incense symbolised prayers rising to God. – Slide 9
Besides the golden door (1 Kings 6:31-32) between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies the high priest needed to go through a thick veil (Chronicles 3:14 ) made of blue, purple, and crimson fabrics and finely twisted linen, with cherubim skillfully worked into it. – Slide 10
Inside the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant. (View the set of 3D images on the Ark of the Covenant for more details). – Slide 11
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