Constructed during the Herodian period (late 1st century BCE), the Northern Palace (seen here in profile) was built on three slightly modified natural rock terraces. The upper level was mainly used for residential purposes, all originally decorated with mosaic floors and wall paintings. A garden likely surrounded the semi-circular colonnaded terrace to the north, and colonnaded reception halls are located on the two lower levels, both containing bathing facilities. Of the three, the lower reception level is the best preserved.
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