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This conceptual drawing represents the Hellenistic shrine found buried within the podium of Temple I. Large numbers of architectural elements have been found associated with this shrine, exemplifying both Hellenistic and Near Eastern culture. These elements also indicate that the shrine was of extremely fine craftsmanship—carved limestone pieces show evidence of gold leaf, blue and red paint, and painted plaster. These plaster pieces have allowed us to date the shrine to approximately the second century BCE.


This reconstruction depicts the earlier Roman temple discovered at the site, known as “Temple I.” Found in 2000 and set inside the podium of “Temple II,” the temple dates to the last quarter of the first century BCE and shares many architectural characteristics with other Roman imperial temples. Specifically, Temple I’s architectural elements indicate that it is one of the three Augustea built in Israel under the direction of Herod I. The limestone podium measures 75 by 48 feet and is 13 feet high; the projected height of the temple is around 60 feet.


This drawing is a reconstruction of the later Roman Temple found in the 1999 season at Omrit known as Temple II. With its podium dimensions measuring 82 by 61 feet, Temple II is 7 feet longer and 13 feet wider than Temple I and marks a change from a tetrastyle structure with four columns at its entrance to a peristyle structure with columns around its perimeter. Considered to be an expansion of Temple I, possibly during the reign of one of the Agrippas, pottery fragments have dated Temple II to the late first/early second century CE.


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