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The Antonia Fortress Overlook

In ancient Israel during the time of Jesus Christ there were immense valleys surrounding and protecting Jerusalem, on every side except the north. In fact the north side was the only way of approach if an army were to attack Jerusalem. This is one of the reasons why Jerusalem was considered impregnable. Another reason was because the architect king Herod the Great built the mighty Antonia Fortress on the north side of the city, its vulnerable side. It was intended to be a mighty fortress palace overlooking the Temple of Jerusalem and even the entire city. King Herod

The Antonia Fortress was built on the northwest side of the Temple (see picture below).

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These photos are from an archaeological reproduction of first century Jerusalem, located at the Holyland Hotel in Jerusalem.

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The Fortress of Antonia was built in 35 B.C. and named in honor of Herodís friend and Roman Triumvir Marcus Antonius also known as Mark Antony. It was actually Mark Anthony who had requested that the Senate make Herod King of Judea as an eastern boundary to the Roman Empire. At some point the Romans took over the Antonia Fortress and placed a garrison there.

Titus Vespasian attacked the city of Jerusalem from the north side in 70 A.D. and overcame it. The legions of Rome slaughtered over a million Jews and 95,000 Jewish captives were taken away as prisoners.

The Antonio Fortress

Antonia Fortress Antonia Fortress - Introduction Antonia Fortress - The Antonia Fortress Antonia Fortress - Built in 35 B.C. Antonia Fortress - Location Antonia Fortress - Name Antonia Fortress - Size and Description Antonia Fortress - Roman Soldier Barracks Antonia Fortress - History Antonia Fortress - Place of Jesus Trial? Antonia Fortress - High Priest's Robes Antonia Fortress - Destroyed in 70 A.D. Antonia Fortress - Modern Site Antonia Fortress - Historical Sources Antonia Fortress - Conclusion

The Fortress of Antonia was built in 35 B.C. and named in honor of Herodís friend and Roman Triumvir Marcus Antonius also known as Mark Antony. It was actually Mark Anthony who had requested that the Senate make Herod King of Judea as an eastern boundary to the Roman Empire. At some point the Romans took over the Antonia Fortress and placed a garrison there.

Introduction

The Antonia Fortress

Built in 35 B.C.

Location

Name

Size and Description

Roman Soldier Barracks

History

Place of Jesus Trial?

High Priest's Robes

Destroyed in 70 A.D.

Modern Site

Historical Sources

Conclusion

 

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Fortress of Antonia Illustration

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Antonia Fortress

Built in 35 B.C.

Location

Name

Size and Description

Roman Soldier Barracks

History

Place of Jesus Trial?

High Priest's Robes

Destroyed in 70 A.D.

Modern Site

Historical Sources

Conclusion

 

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