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Israel-04851 - Hippodrome & Palace

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Looking back towards the palace area.

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The area where the chariot-races were held to thrill the crowds. They were a seven-lap race and finished in front of the dignitaries' tribune. The sharp curves posed a major challenge to the skilled charioteers and the galloping horses.

 

It is a huge U-shaped entertainment structure, complete with an arena and hundreds of seats.

 

Built by Herod, it was probably used for horse racing, sport events and entertainment shows during the Roman period. The hippodrome, more than 250 meters (820ft) long and 50 meters (164ft) wide, originally had 12 rows of seats, with place for 10,000 spectators.

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Taken on October 5, 2016