The beams were used in the construction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and became visible to the public in the 1930s while the building was being refurbished. These beams may have originally been part of the Holy Temple’s roof structure.
Byzantine-era designs were also discovered etched on some of these beams.
The Institute relied on dozens of people—rabbis, scholars, scientists and other experts—who contributed their talents to recreate the Temple vessels.
According to its website, one of the Temple Institute’s mandates is to raise awareness “of the importance of the Holy Temple in the life of all mankind, both Israel and the nations of the world.”
So, in addition to the vessels and furnishings, a variety of paintings, which were commissioned by the Temple Institute, cover the exhibit walls.