“Pantheon (Rome) entrance” by Wknight94 is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

MY WHAT BIG DOORS YOU HAVE. Avi-Yonah designed his model doors based on the description in Josephus who stated that each door was 49 feet high and 24.5 feet wide. Josephus is known for exaggerating at times, and that is perhaps the case with his description of the doors of the Second Temple. Yet doors of this extreme size are not unknown in the ancient world, as can be seen here by the doors of the Pantheon in Rome.