Made of fine bronze, this shiny and intricately detailed candelabra in the style of the Biblical menorah which used to stand in the Beis HaMikdash in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) over two thousand years ago. Like the Temple menorah, this replica Judaica item has only seven branches, as opposed to the eight=one found on Chanuka menorahs (Hebrew plural for menorah). Its multi-tiered base is engraved with three-dimensional pictures of Jerusalemite architecture, reminiscent of the ancient structures still standing in Israel’s famed Old City.
The original menorah was a solid gold candelabra which stayed lit all the time in the Holy Temple. Its lights were kindled by the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) using only the purest variety of olive oil available in Israel. The Roman army pillaged Jerusalem during their infamous world conquests in 70 C.E., and stole several of the Temple’s beautiful relics, including the menorah. To this day, its whereabouts are unknown, but its beauty has been preserved through miniatures and replicas.