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The Second Temple for Lilliputians

By Eleanor Goldberg

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The Romans destroyed Herod’s Temple more than 2,000 years ago. Now Alex Garrard, a 78-year-old British farmer, is hand-crafting a replica. At 20 feet by 12 feet, the mock-up is 1/100 of the size of the original.

“I have been working on it for decades but it will never be finished as I’m always finding something new to add,” the model-maker recently told The Daily Telegraph.

Still, the project has won the attention and approval of historical experts. Many say that the painted clay bricks, the courtyard and 4,000 half-an-inch tall figurines offer an accurate portrayal of what the Temple actually looked like. Not surprisingly, Garrard’s process is quite painstaking: He cuts plywood frames for the walls and buildings and bakes the clay bricks in the oven so they stick together.

Visitors come from far and wide to see the re-creation with the binoculars that the craftsman supplies. But the model appears to be safe from any enemies; it resides in a massive structure in Garrard’s Norfolk, England backyard.

Paul McQueen Tue. Jun 2, 2009

The pictures of this creation likely doesn't begin to reveal the amazing reality of this project. Biblical history would support that it took some 83 years to complete the actual Temple, only to have it destroyed by the Romans some 7 years later in 70 AD. Also there were some 10.000 skilled workers working on the project.

Mr. Garrard certainly is a testiment to God the Father for making the Scriptures become so real with this structure. Thank You. Paul McQueen, Nashville, Tennessee USA

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