SAMARIA - SEBASTIA
The first thing that attracts the attention of the visitors
of the city, when approaching the city from the western gate, is the gate
itself. It is a wide door supported by two circular towers. The diameter
of each is 14 meters. These were built in the Herodion period. They were
built on a square base dating to Hellenistic time. These towers are still
standing at a height of 8-11m. The city wall that we see today was built
around the end of the second or the beginning of the third century BC.
It is irregular and supported by a number of circular towers. The wall
is 1 km long from east to west and a little less from north to south. Only
a small part of it is still standing; this is because a lot of the stones
of the wall were reused in the construction of the Roman city of Nablus
in first century AD.
(picture by Asya Entova)
Last updated 06-Apr-99.
WebMaster Alexander Kaplunovsky.