We have already established the location of the Herodian Temple in Jerusalem and the altar that once stood in front of it (see the previous installment of this article in “Sacred Geometry: Unlocking the Secret of the Temple Mount, Part 1,” BAR 25:04). Echoes of these ancient structures are preserved today in two Islamic structures: the Dome of the Rock, which marks the site of the Temple, and, to the east, the Dome of the Chain, which marks the site of the altar.
Here we will go a step further: Other features of the Islamic platform seen today (called in Arabic al-Haram al-Sharif, “the Noble Sanctuary”) also duplicate elements of the Herodian Temple Mount, the platform rebuilt by King Herod the Great (37–4 B.C.E.) to support his Temple. These additional parallels tend to confirm the conclusions presented in the earlier installment.