What happened to the Ark of the Covenant and all of the other treasures from the 2nd Temple? Some brave people searched for the answers. Montagu Parker, more than 100 years ago may have found some of the treasures. Or maybe he didn’t.
The truth is that until today there is a great debate as to whether or not the treasures of the Temple are in Jerusalem at all. the two other main theories are that the Ark and other treasures are buried somewhere in the Judean Mountains. The other major theory is that the jewels are being hidden in the Vatican somewhere.
Whatever the case is, nobody truly knows where they are until today and the search continues. The City of David is located right outside of the Temple Mount, and is located right outside of the Old City of Jerusalem. King David literally bought the area – with money – from the Jebusites. But he did not build the Temple. His son, King Solomon built the Temple over a span of seven years.
The Temple stood for more than 400 years until it was destroyed by the Babylonians. After 70 years, it was rebuilt and stood again for yet another 400 years. But the two Temples were not the same. The Talmud even mentions that the 2nd Temple paled in comparison to the 1st Temple. Part of that was sue to lost treasures. Perhaps one day some of those treasures will be discovered.