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Iraq Al-Amir

Iraq el AmirAccording to Josephus the family functioned as tax collectors for the Ptolemies, and one of their members, Hyrcanus, built a massive complex, that included images of animals (Ant. 12:23-233).

iraq el amir lionIt is tempting to identify this complex at “Qasr el-Abd” (Arabic: “Castle of the slave”), a magnificant stone building, decorated with lions and eagles.

In the cliffs nearby 15 caves were carved for various purposes. On two of them the name “Tuviah” is chiesled in Aramaic Hebrew. 


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Points of Interest in the Area

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