Messiah’s Mansion in Phenix City is replica of Old Testament sanctuary

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“You will definitely feel like you are in the sanctuary that God told Moses to build in the wilderness. Everything is built to scale and is a copy of what it would have looked like to the children of Israel more than 3,000 years ago,” said Carolyn Leinneweber as workers began to put up the structure.

She and her husband, Clayton Leinneweber, lead a nonprofit ministry that brings the exhibit to locations around the world.

Other Southern stops later this year are planned for Meridian, Miss., and Montgomery, Ala.

Messiah’s Mansion will be making an appearance locally today through Aug. 14 and will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The tents have been set up at 21333 U.S. Highway 280, right next to Big Mama’s Fireworks. While there is no admission fee, people must have a ticket, which can be picked up at the site or in advance by going to or calling 706-530-0111.

The exhibit has been brought here by Phenix City Seventh-day Adventist Church and Uchee Pines Seventh-day Adventist Church, but Leinneweber said Messiah’s Mansion has special meaning for all denominations.

Laree Daniel of Phenix City Seventh-day Adventist Church first saw the attraction when it made a stop in Atlanta.

“It is something a lot of people are going to find inspiring,” Daniel said. “It makes the Bible come alive.”

Leinneweber said the exhibit is unlike any other.

“It is a chance to become more familiar with the tabernacle of the Old Testament,” she said. “Moses was told to build a tabernacle ‘as is in heaven.’”

The furniture in the exhibit is as close as possible in size, shape and color based on descriptions found in the Bible. An explanation of how it was used is given to visitors.Read more here

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