Herod's Three Towers

Hippicus Tower

Named after a friend, and was 132 feet high.

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Mariamme Tower

Named after his beloved wife whom he had murdered. Josephus said "the king considering it appropriate that the tower named after a woman should surpass in decoration those called after men." It stood 74 feet high.

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Herod's Three Towers in First Century Jerusalem

Built to protect the western side of the city of Jerusalem and his marvelous palace were Herod's 3 towers. These were fantastic towers, the largest was the Phasael Tower but the most beautiful was his Mariamne Tower. 1. Phasael Tower (the largest, named after his brother stood 145 feet high). 2. Hippicus Tower (named after a friend, and was 132 feet high) 3. Mariamme Tower (named after his beloved Hasmonean wife whom he had murdered. Josephus said "the king considering it appropriate that the tower named after a woman should surpass in decoration those called after men." It stood 74 feet high). When Titus destroyed most of Jerusalem in 70 AD., he spared Herod's fortress. Nothing remains of Herod's three towers and a Citadel named "David's Tower" stands on the spot of a Phasael’s Tower.

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The Tower of Phasael in First Century Jerusalem

Phasael Tower (the largest, named after his brother stood 145 feet high).

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The Tower of Hippicus in First Century Jerusalem

Hippicus Tower (named after a friend, and was 132 feet high)

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The Tower of Mariamme in First Century Jerusalem

The Mariamme Tower was the smallest of Herod's three towers standing 74 feet tall. It was named after Herod's beloved Hasmonean wife whom he had murdered. Josephus said "the king considering it appropriate that the tower named after a woman should surpass in decoration those called after men."

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