The praetorium of Pilate and the House of Herod

And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.
Lc, XXIII, 4-12

The Terra Sancta Museum and the places of Jesus’ trail

The archaeological section at the Monastery of the Flagellation opens in an area that is very important to Christianity: ancient tradition claims this as the location of the praetorium of Pilate.

St. John the Evangelist wrote that Pilate, who was at the praetorium of Jerusalem for the Jewish Passover, commanded Jesus be scourged; after an attempt to release Jesus, Pilate handed him over to the crowd demanding his crucifixion.

According to the memory of the medieval pilgrims also the House of Herod was to be found in this area. This tradition has no historical confirmation and was progressively forgotten in modern age starting from 19th century. However, not only pilgrims’s accounts but also several maps of the Via Dolorosa (such as the one of Zallardo, 1595) show that the palace of Pilate and that of Herod were located in the area of the Flagellation Monastery.   

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