The Throne Room at Jericho

Herod died at his Third Palace in Jericho, and from there his funeral procession set out for his tomb at Herodium.

Herod built three lavish winter palaces at Jericho, on both banks of Wadi Qelt. They contained countless rooms, reception halls, bathhouses, and banquet rooms, swimming and boating pools, and spacious gardens.

The throne room, restored here, was built in the northern wing of the Third Palace around 15 BCE . It walls were decorated with colorful frescoes and its ceiling with complex stuccowork. The importance of this room was emphasized by its elaborate decorations, among the most beautiful in the palace, employing rare and costly colors – light blue and cinnabar (bright red) – covering large sections of the walls and delicate architectural motifs that were meant to enliven the restrained decorative scheme.

The Throne Room at Jericho


Proposed reconstruction of the northern wing in Herod's Third Palace at Jericho.
Courtesy of the Jericho and Cypros Expedition, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem/ by Jorge Salzberg