The First Temple was built by King Solomon and was the most important place in ancient Judaism. It was destroyed when the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E. - a tragedy that is commemorated every year on Tisha B'Av, which took place earlier this month.
Now a Brazilian Pentecostal church named The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is rebuilding Solomon's Temple in Sao Paulo. "We are preparing ourselves to build the temple, in the same mold as Solomon's," said Bishop Edir Macedo, the church's founder.
The 10,000 seat building will be designed by Brazilian architect Rogerio Silva de Araujo and will be made of imported Jerusalem stone, which was used to construct the original Temple. It will also house a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, 36 bible schools and spaces for radio and television shows.
Bishop Macedo posted a promotional video about the project on his blog, which can be seen by clicking here.