There is plenty of archaeological evidence that royal residences were richly decorated and well fortified. The OT gives details of Solomon's palace (1 Kgs. 7: 1 ff.), which contained a splendid banqueting hall 45 m. (150 feet) long made of wood from cedars of Lebanon. In the Portico of Judgement (or Hall of the Throne) was the king's throne (1 Kgs. 7: 7). Other royal palaces are mentioned in Esther (1: 5) and Daniel (4: 29). In a parable of the Messianic age which Jesus proclaims, the stronger one will prevent his palace being invaded by the powers of darkness (Luke 11: 21–2).