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I vaguely remember seeing in Mishnayos (probably second half of Moed, maybe Taanis - potentially in connection to where the Maamados said their Tefillos - but can't find it now) that there was a Shul within the Beis haMikdosh. I can't seem to find it on any of the floorplans though now. Can someone please confirm and provide a source?

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    See the end of Tamid 4:3 - the Kohanim would read keriat shema and recite certain berachot in the lishkat hagazit. – Joel K Sep 18 at 9:52
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    Also Yoma 7:1 and Sotah 7:7-8 – Heshy Sep 18 at 9:58
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    @Etzbah Rambam understands Avodah to be Retzei – Joel K Sep 18 at 10:08
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    כי ביתי בית תפלה יקרא – Double AA Sep 18 at 11:53
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    I recall a reference in mishna somewhere (perhaps Tamid or Yoma) to "חזן" or "סגן" which the commentaries there say refers to a synagogue worker. Of course, that there was a synagogue worker doesn't mean there was a synagogue in the usual sense. – msh210 Sep 18 at 13:47

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