Hershel Shanks

Arch supports. Sturdy limestone arches, found throughout the palace, carried the weight of the building’s second floor.

This upper story probably served as living quarters for Agrippa II’s family. Only a row of vaults at the eastern end of this floor remains today. Medieval stoneworkers apparently dismantled the rest of the upper story while scavenging for good building stones. Many of these stones, as well as columns and other decorative features from the palace, can still be seen in secondary use in Byzantine and medieval structures at Banias.