City Gate 1

City Gate 1

View from the south looking north at the Roman city gate of Tiberias.  Especially noteworthy are the two circular towers that flank the entrance to the city.  In the foreground the basalt slabs are part of a bridge that crosses a small wadi.  Beyond the towers, where the wooden staircase is located, the basalt paving stones are part of the cardo that proceeds north through the city.

To view Balage Balogh's conception of how this looked in the first century AD Click Here.
For another view of the gate Click Here.

According to the excavators, Herod Antipas (4 BC - AD 39) built this gate when the city of Tiberias was constructed (AD 18-22).  It apparently was a "free standing" gate for they did not find a wall attached to it. 

At the time of the First Revolt (AD 66-70) Tiberias surrendered to the (then) general Vespasian.  The gate to the city was too small for his troops to enter so Vespasian made a breach in the city wall for the purpose (War iii.453–461 [9.8]).  But to-date (August 2012) no city wall from the first century AD has been found.