A Virtual Tour of the Temple Mount

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In a new virtual tour, avatars of Jerusalem figures, including BAR author Gabriel Barkay (shown here) describe the sites of the Temple Mount.

The Israeli association The Heart of the Nation, along with various scholars and the Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing, released a virtual tour of the Temple Mount this week, in conjunction with the fast day of Tisha B’av. Tisha B’av, which fell on Monday, July 15 – Tuesday July 16 this year, is a commemoration of the Babylonian destruction of Solomon’s Temple in the sixth century B.C.E. and the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E.

The Hebrew-language virtual tour features panoramic 360-degree views of various sites on the Temple Mount. In addition, graphic representations of figures including Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, linguist Avshalom Kor and archaeologist Gabriel Barkay provide historical and archaeological contexts for the Temple Mount. The virtual tour not only provides a wealth of information for Hebrew-speaking audiences; it features panoramic views of the Temple Mount structures along with reconstructions, sketches and photographs within the virtual tour.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the Temple Mount.

What happened to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount when the Romans destroyed Herod’s Temple in 70 C.E.? There is no report of any building left on the Temple Mount by the time the Muslims erected the iconic Dome of the Rock and the gray-domed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the late seventh and early eighth centuries. Did wooden beams from Herod’s Temple Mount survive through secondary usage in Al-Aqsa Mosque?


Considered sacred ground even before Biblical times and bitterly contested in our own day, the Temple Mount is one of the most fascinating and important places on earth. A BAS Library Special Collection features fifteen articles that highlight the Temple Mount’s role in the three great Western religions and focus on a key archaeological issue: Just where was the ancient Jewish Temple located?

Visit the Temple Mount Special Collection.

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  1. jon says

    Great show. But, is it available in English since my Hebrew is rudimentary.

  2. JAMES E says

    Course there is a substantial minority view that the Temple Mount is the remnant not of the Second Temple but rather the garrison of the Xth Legion so that the Wailing Wall is actually a Roman foundation wall. As a subscriber to this theory, I marvel at the irony of all this.

  3. J. says

    As a long time subscriber to BAR, I appreciate the opportunity to visualize the Temple Mount areas of which I have been reading about for so many years. Fantastic virtual tour. I only wish it was available in English.

  4. Barbara says

    I know absolutely no Hebrew, so, sadly it was of no use to me. I am very disappointed!

  5. DON says

    How could you be disappointed to see this!!!

  6. DALLAS says

    The Roman Legion X was garrisoned outside the Temple area, a little to the south. The Temple mount itself is not the garrison — there’s no evidence for this.

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