Room 16 – The portico

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Exhibit 16a- The Portico. In the Bais HaMikdash, surrounding the inner wall of Har HaBayis, and surrounding the inside and outside walls of the “Azarah” courtyard, was a roofed colonnade, called a portico or stoa. The roof was made of wood and it was this roof that was first set afire during the “churban.” Later invaders rebuilt the portico.

Exhibit 16b- The Portico.