It took Solomon another thirteen years to finish building his own palace complex.
He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred and fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high.
There were four rows of cedar columns supporting forty-five cedar beams, fifteen in each row, and then roofed with cedar.
Windows in groupings of three were set high in the walls on either side.
All the doors were rectangular and arranged symmetrically.
He built a colonnaded courtyard seventy-five feet long and forty-five wide. It had a roofed porch at the front with ample eaves.
He built a court room, the Hall of Justice, where he would decide judicial matters, and paneled it with cedar.
He built his personal residence behind the Hall on a similar plan. Solomon also built another one just like it for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had married.
No expense was spared - everything here, inside and out, from foundation to roof was constructed using high-quality stone, accurately cut and shaped and polished.
The foundation stones were huge, ranging in size from twelve to fifteen feet, and of the very best quality.
The finest stone was used above the foundation, shaped to size and trimmed with cedar.
The courtyard was enclosed with a wall made of three layers of stone and topped with cedar timbers, just like the one in the porch of The Temple of God.
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