Pillar bases of the Philistine temple as they appear today. The excavation site of Tell Qasile where the Philistine temple was discovered is now part of the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. When the archaeologists continued excavating below the level of the temple, they left the two pillar bases in place for posterity. The near pillar base was covered by steps that led to a platform at the back of the main hall and was not visible in the original temple. The far pillar base was located in the center of the main hall of the temple.
Judges 16:29-30 says: "And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life." The evidence tells us that Samson was no metaphorical creation, but a real man with real strength and a real life story that we can all learn from.