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The Western Palace – At 3,700 square meters, the Western Palace, built
during Herod’s reign, is the largest structure on Masada. It was built around
a core that consisted of an open courtyard containing living quarters, guard
rooms, reception rooms and a series of bathing rooms. To the right of the
entrance is a model of the reconstructed palace. As you enter the palace, you
will see benches covered with stucco reliefs. Crossing the long narrow
courtyard, notice the water channel on its eastern side. You will pass through
two vestibules with benches leading to a central well-plastered courtyard. In
this courtyard you will see a model of the core of the grand palace. In this
part of the palace is a room identified as a throne room because of four
depressions discovered in the floor where a throne may have been placed.
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