Machaerus Palace



Machaerus was one of the desert fortresses built by Herod the Great. The Hasmonean ruler Alexander Jannaeus (103-67 B.C.) had built a fortress there earlier, but that was destroyed by the Romans in 63 B.C. Herod the Great later rebuilt this fortress, incorporating some of the Hasmonean remains.
The wall in the picture belongs to the Hasmonean fortress.