Alec Garrard Temple 2

Alec Garrard Temple 2

Man spends 30 years making Temple model…PIC BY GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY 07976 880732.

PICTURE SHOWS THE ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE.

A retired farmer has spent more than 30 YEARS building an enormous scale model of a Biblical temple – and it is still not finished.

Alec Garrard, 78, has dedicated a massive 33,000 hours to constructing the ancient Herod’s Temple, which measures a whopping 20ft by 12ft.

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

Historical experts believe the model is the best representation in the world of what the Jewish temple actually looked like and it has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the globe.

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

“I’ve always loved making models and as I was getting older I started to think about making one big project which would see me through to the end of my life,” he said.

“I have an interest in buildings and religion so I thought maybe I could combine the two and I came up with the idea of doing the Temple.

“I’d seen one or two examples of it in Biblical exhibitions, but I thought they were rubbish and I knew I could do better.

“I have been working on it for decades but it will never be finished as I’m always finding something new to add.”

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