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Life-sized replica of Old Testament temple going up in Montgomery

The alter of burnt offering just inside the temple. The alter of burnt offering just inside the temple.
The laver, or wash basin, is said to have been as far as Israelites would go into the temple. The laver, or wash basin, is said to have been as far as Israelites would go into the temple.
Examples of bread inside the temple. Examples of bread inside the temple.
The holiest place inside the temple where the  Ark of the Covenant was held. The holiest place inside the temple where the Ark of the Covenant was held.
Inside the  Ark of the Covenant. Inside the Ark of the Covenant.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A life-sized replica of the Hebrew Wilderness Sanctuary, described in the Old Testament of the Bible, is going up in Montgomery as part of a traveling museum.

The temple is being shown all over the country to give people a glimpse of the holy place and bring a significant piece of the Bible back to life.

The temple is being built on the grounds of Montgomery First Seventh Day Adventist Church on Atlanta Highway.

Imagine Biblical times, Moses has just led the Jewish people out of Egypt, and they are traveling through the wilderness to the promised land. Exodus 25 explains the temple that God told them to build with specifications that are being followed now in the capital city.

"This is the East Gate," explains worker Candace Mayfield, pointing to the temple. "They always had it facing East, and now when an Israelite would come here to the sanctuary, this is where he would come to first, and he had to wait here until a priest would come to greet him," she explained.

"This gate has different colors, all these colors have meaning," added Samuel Riemersma.

Mayfield says that around the courtyard, there are about 60 brass pillars with silver capitals, "And we have a white curtain that surrounds the whole outside of the courtyard."

Walking into the temple, "The first thing you encounter is the alter of burnt offering," according to Riemersma. Mayfield says that is where a sacrifice was placed, "and then they waited and God sent down a fire from Heaven on the sacrifice."

Walking a short distance, the guides began pointing to a laver, which Riemersma says is a wash basin. "It's filled with water and that's where the priests would wash themselves after they would be dealing with the blood."

Mayfield says of the tour that the Israelites only came as far into the sanctuary as the laver. "This was the holy place," she said. "Only the priests that worked in the sanctuary could come this far."

Also inside: A table of show bread with two piles of bread, six pieces on each pile, a lamp stand, and the alter of burning incense, according to Riemersma. "Behind that veil was the most holy place. No one was allowed to enter there. It was a really sacred place; only the high priest was allowed to go in there once a year."

Inside, there is only one piece of furniture, The Ark of the Covenant which held God's law, the manna, and the rods.

"It's a whole different thing to actually see it in real life and to really experience it," Riemersma says of the modern day project. "It makes it more real."

Currently, the sanctuary is still a work in progress. Workers say it typically takes about three days to pull together. The project should be finished by Friday.

Free, guided tours will start Saturday and the temple will be in place through September 1. Tours start every 15 minutes between 1pm and 7pm and it takes about an hour to walk through.

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