A Model of the The Second Temple which stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It replaced the First Temple which was destroyed in 586 , when the Jewish nation was exiled to Babylon. According to the Bible, when the Jewish exiles returned to Jerusalem following a decree from Cyrus the Great (Ezra 1:1-4, 2 Ch. 36:22-23). Work was temporarily halted due to opposition and then resumed under the Persian King Darius (Ezra 5) and was completed during the sixth year of his reign.