Friday, February 27, 2009


Now, here's a model of biblical proportions. A retired farmer has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of Herod's temple - and it is still not finished.

Alec Garrard, 78, has dedicated a massive 33,000 hours to constructing the ancient temple, which measures a whopping 20ft by 12ft

But Mr Garrard, who started the epic project in his 40s, says his masterpiece will not be finished in his lifetime

"I have also sculpted and painted 4,000 figures, measuring just half an inch and all wearing their correct costumes"

Visitors come from all over the world to see the model and Mr Garrard provides binoculars so they can see all the details

The pensioner has hand-baked and painted every clay brick and tile and even sculpted 4,000 tiny human figures to populate the courtyards

"I personally know all the top archaeologists from Jerusalem and I've had experts from the British Museum visit," he says

He then started to construct the amazing 1:100 scale model, which is now housed in a huge building in his back garden

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