Solomon's temple became one of the most important symbols of Jewish architecture.
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According to the Hebrew bible, a temple was constructed in Jerusalem, under Solomon, king of the Israelites in the 10th century B.C. The construction started in 967 B.C. and was completed in 7 years. The result was a wonderful temple that became one of the symbols of Judaic architecture. The building and the courtyard were surrounded by a stone wall. The "Yard of the priests" contained a bronze altar for burnt offerings and a metal basin held by 12 ox statues.
The temple itself was simple in shape. It was about 30 m (98.43 ft) long, 10 m (32.81 ft) wide and 15 m (49.21 ft) high. Treasures and accouterments were stored in a separate chamber. Before the vestibule stood two enormous pillars made of either brass, bronze or copper. The vestibule opened into the Holy Place, the purpose of which was to purify the sins of the people. The innermost room was called the Holy of Holies, where the legendary Ark of the Covenant was stored.
When the temple was finished, the role of Jerusalem increased even more; it became a religious center. Today the temple cannot be seen, as it was destroyed by a Neo-Babylonian ruler who conquered the city in the 6th century B.C.