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View looking south at the massive round defensive tower that was built during the Hellenistic Period—possibly late fourth century BC. It was actually built on an older wall that dates back to the Israelite Period.
The impressive tower still stands, to a height of 28 ft. [8.5 m.] and has a diameter of 42 ft. [13 m.], on the north upper slope of Samaria, just south of the theater.
Compare the impressive circular tower, also from the Hellenistic Period, that guards one of the harbors at Knidos.
For a view of the construction technique used click here.
For general comments and a map of Samaria/Sebaste click here.