King Herod’s Throne Room Where ‘Salome Danced’ Found in Jordan

The clifftop palace with a view of the Dead Sea, where Princess Salome is said to have danced before Herod Antipas’ court and demanded John the Baptist’s head, is being reconstructed

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The semi-circle apsidal niche of the royal Herodian throne seat
The semi-circle apsidal niche of the royal Herodian throne at Machaerus: Dead Sea in the backgroundCredit: Prof. Gyozo Voros
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom

The throne room where Salome is said to have danced before the king Herod Antipas has been discovered at the Dead Sea fortress at Machaerus, Jordan. The archaeologists are in the process of partially reconstructing the monarchical site in the palace built by Antipas’ father Herod the Great – apparently as an upgrade of a stronghold originally erected by the Hasmonean king Alexander Jannaeus in around 90 B.C.E.

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