The Temple Mount
Dome of the Chain
In the Islamic tradition, this is the place of King David’s Court of Justice. In addition, according to SJTM, her theory indicates that the Dome of the Chain is approximately located at the entrance of the first and second Temple, and to the east of this spot was the location of the sacrificial altar. (*Photo was contributed by Dr. Rasmussen.)
entrance to the structure
This is the entrance to the Old AQSSA Mosque and the library.
*Photo was contributed by Dr. Rasmussen.
Where was the first temple situated?
These are the steps of stairs to the Temple Mount. However, the irregular stones indicate that something is obscure. After Herod the Great (37-4 BCE) doubled the size of the Temple Mount by building the second Temple, scholars have been trying to locate the original Temple Mount.
Based on SJTM, it says: “The unobtrusive, stone blocks at the foot of the staircase are the keys to locating the original square Temple Mount…. What looked like a bottom step was, in fact, a wall of ashlars.” (SJTM 70)
Ritmeyer’s archaeological research, which was relying on the clues from the text of Jewish historian Josephus, the Jewish tractate, Middot, and Captain Charles Warren, found out that the length of a line that Ritmeyer measured was 500 royal cubits. It is the measurement given in an ancient Jewish source for each side, 500 x 500 royal cubits, of the Temple square platform (SJTM 69).
The herodian stone
A typical, large Herodian stone structure is seen around the area of the Temple Mount.
The Heat of religion and politics
what is the white stuff on The trees?
The white stuff on the trees is there to keep the bugs away.