The Upper Room is a museum dedicated to retelling the history of the original temples of Jerusalem and the tabernacle. The museum’s various interactive cutting-edge displays inform its visitors, along with guides fluent in several languages.
The tour shows all stages of the Temple of Solomon’s construction in São Paulo. Careful consideration was taken to construct the temple in an environmentally friendly manner, and easy to understand drawings and models explain those methods from start to finish.
Under the great dome of the center, stands a model of the Tabernacle and replicas of temple artifacts, to bring visitors back in time to ancient Israel. The twelve pillars that surround the building symbolize the tribes of Israel, with explanations of how each were essential for the establishment of God’s people.
The golden dome of the Upper Room, however, is not directly related to the Dome of the Rock (the dome over Jerusalem’s Mosque of Omar) but to the site underneath it. The dome symbolizes Mount Moriah, the mountain Abraham climbed to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, the place where the original Temple of Solomon and the Second Temple were built.
The menorah, a large golden seven-lamp candelabra, not only serves its purpose of lighting the area, but symbolizes the presence of God as well. The light also symbolizes the very Word of God, the true enlightenment for life.
The Altar of Sacrifice
The animals offered to God were sacrificed on this altar. They represented the sins of the people who offered them. Only animals in perfect condition could be slaughtered, and usually the best of the flock.
Aaron’s rod was made of almond wood. Aaron, the brother of Moses, was the high priest of his people. He was of the tribe of Levi and used this staff to do miraculous signs before Pharaoh, who had enslaved the Hebrews.
The Altar of Incense
Incense was placed on the altar located at the far end of the Holy Place, and the aroma of the spices and other fragrances would fill the room. There the priests addressed their supplications to God and interceded for the people.
The Sea of Bronze
Also called the “molten sea,” a large circular water basin stood beside the altar of sacrifice. Beneath it stood 12 oxen carved in bronze, in groups of three, with their heads facing the four cardinal points of the compass.
The Stone Tablets of the Law
The Lord commanded Moses to climb Mount Sinai, and there He gave him two tablets of stone inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
The Temple of Solomon had several decorations that were not in the Tabernacle. These included two large cherubim carved from olive wood, in the form of winged animals, which were placed in the Holy of Holies.
The veil separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. It was a large curtain embroidered with two cherubs, which served as a barrier to block common people from seeing what was only permitted to the high priest.
The Ark of the Covenant
The Ark of the Covenant was a chest made of wood and gold that represented God’s covenant with the people. After spending many years in the Tabernacle, it was placed in the Holy of Holies of the great Temple of Solomon.
The Table of Bread
To the right of those who entered the Holy Place stood a table with 12 loaves of bread stacked in two columns of six, also called the table of showbread the or table of the presence.
Tour of the Upper Room
More details about these and other elements as well as the schedule to the Upper Room Tour are available on this website.