The model of the Temple Mount
In 1879 Conrad Schick (1822 - 1901), a city architect and archaeologist in Jerusalem, built the model of the Temple Mount, commissioned by Leendert Schouten, founder of the Biblical Museum. The Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is considered a holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Shick’s model offers a good view on the state of being of the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif in the 19th century.
The model consists of separate sections which demonstrate the Islamic sanctuaries, which have been there since the 7th century. In previous times the Jewish Temple was located here, but had been destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans. The latest archaeological discoveries from the 19th century, such as city walls, underground spaces and cisterns, have been executed in Shick’s model.
Schick has made several models of the Temple Mount. The model of the Biblical Museum is the only one which is now in Europe.