Herod’s Temple: Detailed model

JP: Pretty cool and worthwhile read. Click the first link for the photo gallery. See additional comments below.

Photo gallery w 19 photos

A retired farmer has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of a Biblical temple.


Alec Garrard, 78, has dedicated a massive 33,000 hours to constructing the ancient Herod’s Temple, which measures a whopping 20ft by 12ft.

The pensioner has hand-baked and painted every clay brick and tile and even sculpted 4,000 tiny human figures to populate the courtyards.

Historical experts believe the model is the best representation in the world of what the Jewish temple actually looked like and it has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the globe.

Mr Garrard, from Norfolk, spent more than three years researching the Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans 2000 years ago and deemed to be one of the most remarkable buildings of ancient times.

Comments: I have this in common with the man (from the comments on the photo gallery):

  • “He says his wife Kathleen thinks he is mad ”
  • He adds: “She wishes she’d married a normal person”

The model’s builder, Alec Garrard, is the author of The Splendor of the Temple.

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