Temple of Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel

Destroyed 70 

The Disappointed Tourist: Temple of Jerusalem, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

It’s really THE ultimate lost site. Anon.

I am choosing this site as it was archetypal of western and near eastern history, yet most people have no idea what the site looked like. If you search google images you can find messianic jews and christians flood the discussion with images in reflection of their religious doctrine. This whole area is flooded in disappointment as to what could have been. Simon S.

The Temple in Jerusalem, or Holy Temple was a site of Jewish worship, located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The first temple was built by King Solomon in 957 BCE and was destroyed when the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem in 586 BCE. After the fall of the Babylonian Empire, construction of the Second Temple was begun by Cyrus the Great in 538 BCE and expanded again around 20 BCE by Herod the Great. The Romans destroyed Herod’s Temple in 70 AD during the siege of Jerusalem. Jews were subsequently banned from Jerusalem following the Bar Kokhba revolt in 132–135 CE. After the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in the 7th century, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque were constructed on the site of the temple. Ever since the Second Temple’s destruction, a prayer for the construction of a Third Temple has been a mandatory part of the thrice-daily Jewish prayer services. The painting is based on a contemporary reimagining of the Temple but I couldn’t find the source.