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Tiberias, Northern District, Israel
 

The Architecture of Tiberias

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
1. The Architecture of Tiberias Marker
Inscription.
The Architecture of Tiberias

The columns, bases, cornices and capitals attest to the superb architecture of the public buildings in Tiberias. These were built according to the 2nd-3rd centuries CE Roman Imperial tradition. The architectural elements were made of local limestone and basalt as well as marble and grey granite imported from Asia Minor and North America.

Columns

Columns created large spaces in public building. They stood up to 4.5 m. high and consisted of a base, a drum and a capital. The drums were cut from monolithic stone, or built of sections that fit each other.

Capitals

Capitals were placed on top of each columns and supported the horizontal beams. The Doric capital was shaped as a simple, plain up-side-down cone with a square, flat top. The Ionic capital was adorned by spirals on its facade and the Corinthian capital was decorated by two rows of Acanthus leaves and a flower.
 
Erected by The municipality of Tiberias, Tourism Department.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Tiberias Archeological Park marker series.
 
Location. 32° 47.155′ 
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
2. The Architecture of Tiberias Marker
A close-up view of the illustrations at the bottom of the historical marker that help to illustrate what the three types of "capitals" look like.
N, 35° 32.521′ E. Marker is in Tiberias, Northern District. Marker can be reached from HaBanim (National Route 90) just north of HaGalil, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the south side of the downtown Tiberias business district, affixed to an ornate pole, that is inside a small archaeological park situated directly in front (to the west) of the Leonardo Plaza Hotel.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Domestic Building (here, next to this marker); The Synagogue (a few steps from this marker); Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi (within shouting distance of this marker); "Magic on the sea of galilee..." (within shouting distance of this marker); The Crusader-Ottoman Building / Millstones (within shouting distance of this marker); The Southern Wall (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Yardenit (approx. 8.7 kilometers away in Galilee); Church of Heptapegon (approx. 9.8 kilometers away in Galilee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tiberias.
 
Regarding The Architecture of Tiberias. On 5/16/2013 I sent an e-mail to the Tiberias municipality Foreign Affairs Office web site, calling their attention to the statement of historical fact, on the text of this historical marker, that makes the claim that marble
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By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
3. The Architecture of Tiberias Marker
View of the historical marker in the archaeological park, next to a display of several "capital" artifacts.
and grey granite were imported from both Asia Minor and North America. Since I am not aware of the Roman Empire ever having established trade and commerce with any part of North America I am guessing that there was an error in translating the original Hebrew text into English and that perhaps it was intended to state that the stone was imported from north Armenia rather than North America, but I am no expert on such matters and can only speculate. Other than this issue, all of the historical markers at the Tiberias Archeological Park were very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed my historical tour of the park and of the area around Tiberias.
 
Also see . . .  Tiberias. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on May 16, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
4. The Architecture of Tiberias
View of a number of additional architectural artifacts that are on display in the archeological park, near the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, March 8, 2013
5. The Architecture of Tiberias Marker
View of, "The Archeological Park" sign in the foreground and of the historical marker and the nearby related display in the distant background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 16, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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