The Temple Mount in Berlin

11 December 2017 - 30 April 2019

The model of the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif of Conrad Schick, the museum’s main showpiece, will travel to the Jewish Museum Berlin this December. For more than a year the model of the Temple Mount will be part of the new exhibition Welcome in Jerusalem – an exhibition devoted to the city of Jerusalem. For the first time in history the model will be exhibited outside the Biblical Museum.

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.

Welcome in Jerusalem

The exhibition Welcome in Jerusalem of the Jewish Museum in Berlin is devoted to the city of Jerusalem. With a site like the Temple Mount, Jerusalem is considered a holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims. But, the city is also a place for conflict between the Israeli and Palestinians. Nowhere else in the world politics, religion and city history are as intertwined as in Jerusalem. Through 8 different themes the exhibition illustrates Jerusalem’s political, religious and ethnical interests and powers (source: Jewish Museum Berlin).

Read more about the exhibition Jerusalem.