Inside the Most Holy Place was the magnificent Ark of the Covenant.
Its measurements were 2.5 cubits (3.75 feet) long,
1.5 cubits (2.25 feet) wide and high.
It consisted of a rectangular chest made of
shittim wood and overlaid with gold.
The Mercy Seat was
a lid which closed the Ark
from above (click the Mercy Seat to raise it up.)
The Ark was placed under the wings of the
two great cherubim.
When the Ark was finally placed here the only contents
were the two tablets of the law of God
(2 Chronicles 5:10).
The golden pot of manna and the budding rod of Aaron were removed.