Herod's Temple in 1:100 scale

Posted yesterday in the Daily Mail (read the whole article here), the work of Mr. Alec Garrard of Norfolk, England. Mr. Garrard has spent the last 30 years working on an amazing miniature recreation of Herod's Temple in Jerusalem.

The original temple was built in 19BC by King Herod the Great but was destroyed during the Siege of Jerusalem, just six years later. Mr. Garrard spent more than three years researching the temple. His version is so impressive that some of the world's top archaeologists and experts from the British Museum have come to view it.

'It's now recognised as the most authentic version of the temple in the world,' he said. 'I've had a lot of offers from people to buy it, but it's not for sale.'

Mr Garrard, 78, has dedicated 33,000 hours to constructing his 1:100-scale model. He has hand-baked and painted every clay brick and tile and even sculpted 4,000 tiny human figures to populate the courtyards. The temple measures 20ft by 12ft and is housed in a seperate building in his garden.

'Everything is made by hand. I cut plywood frames for the walls and buildings and all the clay bricks and tiles were baked in the oven then stuck together,' he said. 'I have been working on it for decades but it will never be finished as I'm always finding something new to add.'

'I look upon it as a work of art, there is lots of detail and I want it to look as real as possible,' he said.

The Royal Porch of the temple.

The Court of Prayer.

'I have sculpted and painted 4,000 figures, measuring just half an inch and all wearing their correct costumes. Each one takes about three hours to make and there are 32 versions of Jesus, although no one can ever spot him no matter how religious they are.'


Brenda said...

Amazing, Grace! No pun intended, lol.

Debbie said...

Wow. Now that is impressive.

TreeFeathers said...

Ha ha, Brenda! :P


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