A wonderful piece that my good friend
did for me a while back.
I am very pleased with his work.
The temple is built of polished white marble and is open to the outside air, and the city should be visible beyond. The main room is circular, with a large courtyard outside. (The courtyard is about the size of a football field, and is open to the public.) A small shrine graces the center of the courtyard, and it also serves as a gathering place for the city. The main room is quite grand in its own right. Though smaller than the courtyard (1/3 the size) it can easily support a couple hundred people during the summer solstice festival. Large pillars surround the main room, and are smooth and polished, and mirrors are set into every other pillar. (The pillars are large enough that it would take two men to wrap their arms around them)
The temple is roughly circular in shape, and the Altar and dais are located on an island of polished white marble in the center. Surrounding the center altar is a reflecting pool of pure sparkling water. A narrow walkway connects the main temple floor to the altar. The walkway is barely wide enough for one person, perhaps 2-ft wide. Also, the water level comes up to nearly exactly the level of the walkway itself, but the walkway never gets wet.
The massive domed ceiling is open to the sky to allow the sun to beam directly on the altar. Services are held at noon, and the sun reflecting off the pool into the etched golden banding, makes the temple quite bright, but in a beautifully serene way.
I think he did a pretty good job with what he had to work with. Don't you?