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Near Lachish in Lakhish Regional Council, Southern District, Israel
 

Might and Authority - the Royal Palace

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, April 3, 2019
1. Might and Authority - the Royal Palace Marker
Inscription.  The palace apparently served as the seat of the city’s governor representing the king of Judah. The huge palace complex from the time of King Hezekiah extended over more than 12.5 dunams (1.25 hectares) and included a large courtyard, a central structure and auxiliary structures that served as storerooms or stables. From the central structure, which covered an area of 2.5 dunams (0.25 hectares), only the foundation survived. The palace hosted visiting kings and it may be assumed that King Amaziah (who ruled Judah between 798 and 769 BCE) fled here from Jerusalem and was murdered here.

The palace was constructed in three stages during the ninth and eighth centuries BCE, during which it was extended to the south and east.
 
Location. 31° 33.866′ N, 34° 50.89′ E. Marker is near Lachish, Southern District, in Lakhish Regional Council. Marker can be reached from Southern District Route 3415 2.3 kilometers south of Southern District Route 35, on the right when traveling south. Unfortunately, Google maps does not provide any names for two of the key roads that
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By Dale K. Benington, April 3, 2019
2. Might and Authority - the Royal Palace Marker
A close up view, of the illustration that appears on this marker, showing an artist's rendering of how the city's palace (highlighted in yellow) would have most probably looked during the reign of King Hezekiah.
one will need to use to get to this marker. So from the intersection of Route 35 and Route 3415, go south on Route 3415 for 2.3 kilometers and turn right on an un-named road. Proceed south on the un-named road for 750 meters and the first road that you come to on your left, turn left onto another un-named road. Travel 400 meters over this second un-named road and you will arrive at the parking lot for the Israeli National Park that features the ruins of ancient Lachish, where this marker is located, on the top of the "tel" a short walk from the city gate complex. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Testimony to Approaching Disaster - the Lachish Letters (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the City Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Confronting Enemy Threats - the City’s Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); Artist's Rendering of the City Gate (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tel Lachish National Park (about 120 meters away); Assault by Sennacherib's Army (about 120 meters away); Tel Azekah (approx. 17.2 kilometers away in Jerusalem District).
 
More about this marker. Regarding the marker itself, there is a vertical timeline on the left side of the marker that runs from 1029 BCE to 586 BCE. The timeline identifies the years 1029 to 928 BCE as being the era of the Kingdoms of Saul, David and Solomon. Then, the years 928 to 720 BCE as being the era of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And then, the years 720 to 586 as being the era of the Kingdom of Judah, with the notation that the destruction of the First Temple takes place in 586 BCE. This timeline also includes a short highlighted parallel timeline that identifies the years 727 to 698 BCE as being the time of the Kingdom of Hezekiah, with the notation that the year 701 BCE was the year of Sennacherib's conquest of Lachish.

Regarding the marker location, in 2019, because I traveled to Israel as part of a tour group, taking pictures of historical markers and recording location information for each marker that I photographed was a difficult assignment. Then too, having two bad knees and walking with a cane made keeping up with my tour group, much less recording location information as well, even more difficult. So I am using my Google Map skills, from at home, to provide the needed location information and map coordinates. Anyone that visits these markers is welcomed, and encouraged, to improve on the provided information.
 
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By Dale K. Benington, April 3, 2019
3. Might and Authority - the Royal Palace Marker
View of the marker in the foreground with a distant view of the ruins of the place in the background.
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By Dale K. Benington, April 3, 2019
4. Might and Authority - the Royal Palace Marker
Another distant view of the ruins of the place in the background, with a tour group off to the right side in the foreground..
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By Dale K. Benington, April 3, 2019
5. Might and Authority - the Royal Palace Marker
View of the ancient ruins of the palace, seen off to the far left, as viewed from the city gate complex.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 24, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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