STUMP THE STARS. The palace of Ramat Raḥel occupies the top of the ancient mound and is enclosed by a casemate wall (a double wall subdivided by short perpendicular walls that create small rooms inside the two main walls). The palace measures 256 by 164 feet; author Barkay observes that those dimensions equal 150 by 100 royal Egyptian cubits. Other features of the palace are also built according to that standard; for example, the inner courtyard measures 60 by 50 royal cubits.

According to author Gabriel Barkay, the palace was built by Hezekiah, destroyed by Sennacherib, king of Assyria, and rebuilt either by Hezekiah or his son Manasseh.