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When you are vacationing in the historic nation of Israel, plan your holidays to Herodion, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the country. The Herodion acquires its name from the famed King Herod, who constructed the Herodion complex as his personal summer palace, and to serve as an imposing fortress, a powerful monument, a worthy burial ground, and the area’s district capital. Although Herod constructed a multitude of projects during the height of his power, the Herodion is the most famous and the only one that carries his name. The Herodion is situated 15km south of the capital Jerusalem, and roughly 5km south-east of the town of Bethlehem. It was built somewhere during 23-20 B.C. When you visit this stunning ancient monument, you will discover that is divided into two prominent sections. Upper Herodion consists of the palace complex, framed by a fortress. Lower Herodion is situated at the bottom of the mountain, and harbours the palace annexes and apartments that were to be used by family and friends of the king, as well as housing the offices of the capital. It is truly a majestic testament to one of Israel’s most famous monarchs. To ensure hassle-free travel in the region, book your all inclusive holidays to Herodion and Israel through Travel Center, a convenient online portal for all your travel needs!
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Best Time to Travel
June to September
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Herod’s Palace on top of Herodion was built between 23 and 15 B.C and featured four towers with seven stories, a large walkway also known as ‘the course’ and a luxurious living area for Herod and his guests. Herod used this palace mainly as a place to get away to from Jerusalem.
This Roman bathhouse had four main areas namely the apodyterium/changing room, the tepidarium/stretching room, the caldarium/steam room and the frigidarium/cold bath. This building is yet another example of Herod’s extravagance. Black and white mosaics decorated the floor and the walls had frescoes of many colors and designs.
The theatre includes what’s called a loggia or what’s more commonly known as a theatre box, indicating that Herod and his officials received special treatment when they went to see a play. The benches around show that the theatre could have seated 650 people. Frescoes of landscapes were discovered here with scenes of Italy and the Nile suggesting those who painted them may have been well travelled.
This synagogue was built in 70 AD when Jewish rebels took over Herodion. It was originally a triclineum or dining room that was arranged with three tables. There are stone benches along the walls and the roof is supported by columns that have formed aisles. This is one of the oldest synagogues in the Levant.
Tomb of Herod
Herod’s tomb was discovered on a flattened site over tunnels and water pools halfway up the hill that leads to Herodion. It was discovered in 2007. The base of the tomb is now visible to visitors after it was uncovered during excavations.