The temple proper was surrounded on the north,
west and south by chambers three stories high,
which served as storerooms, offices and possibly
also as accommodation for the priests. There was
no entrance to these chambers from inside the temple,
but an external door on the south side of the chambers,
near the eastern end, gave access to an internal spiral
staircase to the upper floors. The whole structure was
on a platform elevated above the terraced courtyards
that completely surrounded it.
The brazen altar, brazen sea and the lavers were in the
inner court, where the sacrifices and other ceremonials
took place, which the public in the outer court could
watch, but they could not mingle with the participants.
The courts were enclosed within walls made of three
courses of hewn stone, surmounted by a row of cedar beams.