Jerusalem: Herod's Palace
Compared to all the buildings in the illustrious Upper City of Jerusalem, Herod's Palace was the most marvellous. Josephus said that the Palace of Herod "baffled all description" and that 'no building surpassed it in extravagance". Its location was also suitable for this fortress and palace.
Herod's Barracks in First Century Jerusalem
Herod's Palace and the Antonia Fortress both served as a barracks for the king.
Herod's Palace in First Century Jerusalem
King Herod built a fantastic fortified palace to provide protection for the Upper City. Just like the Temple, Herod's Palace was constructed on a platform, about 1000 feet (from north-south), and 180 feet (from east-west). The Palace consisted of 2 main buildings, each with its banquet halls, baths, and accommodation for hundreds of guests. It was surrounded with groves of trees, canals, and ponds studded with bronze fountains.
At the north side of Herod's palace were three towers (see Herod's three towers).
The praetorium of the trial of Jesus was located at Herod's palace which was actually the official residence of the Roman governors when they came to Jerusalem during major Jewish festivals.
Unfortunately, nothing remains of its construction.
This model at the Holy Land Hotel is a Scholar's conception showing how the site may have looked in Jesus' day.
Herod's Viaduct in First Century Jerusalem
King Herod built a Viaduct or bridge over the Tyropoeon Valley which linked the Temple with Herod's grand fortified palace and the Upper City.
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