Antonia was where the Roman governors stayed when they were in town.† Otherwise they stayed more in the coastal
The location of the fortress on the northwest side of the temple mount afforded a good view of what was going on at any given festival.† Perhaps soldiers observed Jesusí actions with the money changers from here.† And of course it was from here that the soldiers rescued Paul from an angry mob.
Here is a reconstruction of what it would have looked like.† The wall on the left is the temple mount where the temple was:
Hereís a modern picture aimed at the same general location:
Here is a pillar from the original fortress:
Here is an original paving stone from the time of Jesus.† You can see a game played from the carving in it:
original ďvia dolorosaĒ leaving Pilateís quarters in the direction of
some have suggested that Pilate would have gone to Herodís palace rather than
interrogated Jesus at the fortress.†
Since Herodís palace (see earlier pictures in the sequence) is on the
other side of
The location is now the property of the Ecole Biblique in the Muslim quarter.† The easiest way to get to it is by coming in St. Stephenís Gate a.k.a. the Lionís Gate.† The first two stations of the cross are just east of it, and the current Via Dolorosa continues past it.† You can thus get to it if you come in the Damascus Gate and take a left at station 7.† You then take a right at station 3 and youíre on your way.