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Directly across the Tyropean Valley from the Upper City, in the northeastern corner of Jerusalem, stood the magnificent temple, the city's crowning jewel. Built by Herod as a goodwill gesture toward his hostile Jewish subjects, it was commonly accepted as one of the finest religious structures in the world.
The vast, spacious enclosure was situated on Mount Moriah (2 Chron. 3:1) and Mount Zion in other places in the Bible and also extra-Biblical literature such as (1 Macc. 14:26).
It is not known with any certainty where "the pinnacles of the Temple" were, but they are often identified with the high tower at the south-east corner, overlooking the Cedron valley.