Previous posts in this series:
Herodion 1: Givat HaArba
Herodion 2: Who was Herod?
Herodion 3: Lower Herodion
Herodion 4: Cisterns and Tunnels
The palace above was where the true work of Roman rule was accomplished. Only invited guests could reach its gate. One steep ramp provided access.
Arches over what was once the front gate, now being excavated.
Herod himself would be carried up the steep slope in a chair by his obliging slaves.
The upper palace, looking west.
The open courtyard, surrounded from the outside world by high walls, must have been a sight to behold.
On the east and west ends, columns supported a roof for shade. In the center was a garden.
As the sun rose in the morning, Herod could enjoy shade on the eastern side, then move to the west after midday as the sun began to set.
In the northeast corner stood the bath house. This was actually, probably the most important part of the palace.
Any proper Roman Aristocrat had a bath house of his own. Probably sitting for several hours at a time in his sauna, this is where Herod invited guests, planned his moves, and made his deals.
Looking back over the ruins.