Though the architecture is strongly Spanish Renaissance the Church’s floor plan has many Jewish elements. Catholicism sees itself as the fulfillment of Judaism. today we hear a lot about Messianic Jews – people who are Jewish but accepted Christ and now carry over into their practices, their Jewish traditions and customs. Catholics are the original Messianic Jews. Judaism is the stem from which Catholicism flowered. It is the ancient priestly Judaism of the Old Testament of Jesus’ time from which the Catholic faith stems. Rabbinic Judaism which survived after the fall of Jerusalem, exists today in various forms; Conservative, Orthodox and Reform, as well as Hasidic Judaism.

The descriptions of the Temple of Solomon are found in the Book of Kings and Chronicles. Many of the dimensions measured in cubits in the Old Testament Temple appear numerically here – only in feet.