Calling all LEGO fans! In our quest to help children ground their faith in an historical context, today we look at the city of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. This work is a precise work and requires concentration. It is also an extremely fun work. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori approach to learning about Jesus, has created a way for children to recognize the historic placement of Jesus during the gift of the Eucharist and Triennium.
I’ve created an underlay map of the city of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus for you to print out and tape together*. Map of Jerusalem
Gather LEGOs, blocks, or cardboard and start building the city walls, the temple, and the places where Jesus frequented (or to which he was drug).
1. There are lots and lots of gates in the city of Jerusalem – we don’t depict even half of them. I just chose the main ones.
2. During the time of Herod the Great he also built walls that doubled the city size and they extended wide around Golgotha and the tomb. Another set was being built to the south of the tomb. The first set encompassed a large market area with many businesses.
3. The city was divided into the upper and lower cities due to geography. There is a rock escarpment that divides the two. The lower city held poorer residents and the upper city contained very wealthy residents.
4. The water gate is called this because a spring can be found just outside of it.
5. It is about 1/3 of a mile from the Praetorium to Golgotha. (Walk or bike that distance.)
6. An aqueduct carried water under Jerusalem.
7. People lived in the walls. Herod the Great actually built a huge palace into the walls and the Roman Antonia Fortress (Pilate’s home) is as well.
*Open the PDF document and choose print. Look for the words “page scaling” and change that to say “tile large pages” or “tile all pages.” Four pieces of paper should print out. Trim the edges and tape together.