Herod’s Palace – Interesting Facts

Herod’s Palace – Interesting Facts


Herod’s Palace
King Herod the Great built one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. This
greco-roman fortified palace was built to provide protection for Jerusalem’s
wealthy upper city, it also guarded the west side of the city along with Herod’s
three massive towers. Just like Herod’s temple his palace was constructed on a
platform about a thousand feet from north to south and a hundred and eighty
feet from east to west. The walls were nearly 50 feet high with towers at
regular intervals. The palace consisted of two main buildings each
with its banquet halls, baths, and bed chambers for hundreds of guests, and it
was surrounded with groves of trees, and deep canals, with ponds everywhere,
studded with bronze statues and fountains. The workmanship on this palace was quoted as one of the finest ever built
and the finest in all of Jerusalem, and comparable to Rome Josephus said quote the king’s palace baffling all description indeed in extravagance and
equipment no building surpassed it. He went on to say the host of apartments
with their infinite varieties of designs all were amply furnished, he mentioned
the objects of silver and gold bordered by deep canals and ponds everywhere
Herod’s palace could have been the praetorium mentioned in the bible as the
place of the trial of Jesus but it cannot be determined for certain.
After Herod died his palace became the official residence of the Roman
governors when they came to Jerusalem during the Passover. Archaeological
remains of Herod’s mighty Palace are scarce and nothing remains of the palace
except the foundations. We know about Herod and his buildings through the
writings of Josephus, Strabo, Dio Cassius, Jewish literature, archaeology, and the
Bible. In 66 AD Herod’s palace was completely burned down by the Jews who
revolted against Rome. When Titus annihilated Jerusalem in 70 AD he only
spared Herod’s fortress, Herod’s three towers have been lost in history and the
Tower of David stands on the spot of the ancient Phasael Tower. During the time of
the birth of Jesus, the Magi came to Jerusalem and they would have had to
come to Herod’s Palace to inquire from King Herod about the child.

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