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Looking north at the second of the two courtyards and the entrance of the tomb. Note the pyramid shaped roof. The reconstruction is based upon fragments found in the excavations. Clearly visible is the single Doric (a simple Greek architectural style) column built of stone drums. Beyond the column is the inner porch.
Jason's tomb is a fine (reconstructed) funeral monument from the late Hellenistic - early Roman period. It was the tomb of a high priestly family that was forced out of Jerusalem in 172 B.C. (2 Maccabees 5:5-10) by their rival, Menelaus. It was constructed in the second century B.C. and was in use until A.D. 30.