Caesarea Maritima: palace of the procurators (2)

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As was noted in yesterday’s post, the upper portion of the Palace of the Procurators in Caesarea Maritima is “built around a large peristyle courtyard” that  measures about 45 yards across and 71 yards in length.

“What’s a peristyle courtyard?,” you ask?

A peristyle courtyard typically surrounded a building or open area with columns (a colonnade). A garden largely composed of either evergreens, flowers, or both, along with statues, formed the center. However, its function was not merely aesthetic, but practical, for it enabled the lighting of the rooms that faced the courtyard by day.