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Herod's Western Palace, Dead Sea Region

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Explore the ancient ruins of Herod's Western Palace, often touted as one of the most important buildings in Jerusalem. The King of Judea, Herod the Great, originally built it in the first century BCE. It once stood as an imposing fortress 300 m (1,000 ft) above sea level, but now all that remains are various citadels cited as the "Tower of David." The climb provides a moderate challenge but provides views overlooking the surrounding desert and Dead Sea. Some sources state that this is where Jesus Christ was trialed and sentenced. To visit Herod's Western Palace on your holiday in Masada, and find out what else Masada has to offer, use our Masada trip itinerary builder.
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  • Masada and the old palace are amazing. A must see while in Israel. About 1.5 hours or so from Jerusalem. Well worth the time and effort  more »
  • Herod is such an interesting guy. Can't believe he built a palace in the middle of the desert and no water for miles. Definitely a hubris, paranoid guy. You can see the mosaics, baths, and the views a...  more »
  • The palace is actually facing the north. Located on the edge of the mountain, on two heights levels which can be seen from the distance. Outstanding views and impressive remains of mosaics, painted wa...  more »