The Royal Colonnades in Herod's Temple

Solomon's Porticos


The outer courts were enclosed by magnificent colonnades. Along the east side of the outer court ran what was called Solomon's Colonnade; it was here that Jesus was seen walking during the Feast of the Dedication (Hanukkah) and teaching the multitudes.


Before long it became a customary meeting-place for the early church (see Acts 3:11; 5:12).

Acts 3:11-12 "Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon's, greatly amazed."

The most magnificent part of the Temple was the Royal Porch of Herod on the south side, where the Jesus at the age of 12 sat among the doctors of the law (Luke 2:46).

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