Inside Shushan The Citadel


Persian column capital at the Louvre

Photo by author. Illustration (Right) by Charles Chipiez c.1892 {{PD}} Wikimedia Commons

Post 26 – French archeologists excavating the ruins of the palace of Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) uncovered massive columns that supported the roof of the audience hall (Right Pic). Topping the columns were colossal ornamental pillar tops called capitals carved in the form of two kneeling bulls. The capital alone is 4 meters tall (Left pic, taken at the Louvre in Paris, 2008). The columns beneath it stood 17 meters meaning the ceiling was 21 meters tall (70 feet)! The artist who painted the illustration of the palace for the Insight books (Vol. 2, pg 331) included the column capitals. This is a good example of the attention to detail and historical accuracy we know we can expect from the Watchtower Society’s artists. #weeklybiblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarchaeology

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