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


December 17, 2020   

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


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.

The Machaerus stronghold was erected 32 kilometers southwest of Madaba over 2,000 years ago on a cliff with a view of the Dead Sea – and on clear days, of the temple in Jerusalem. Rabbinic writings report that the smoke of the sacrificial offerings could be seen rising from the altars of the temple in Jerusalem all the way in Machaerus (Mishnah 3, Tamid 3.8).

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