Herodyon National Park, Jerusalem

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Explore the ancient palace of King Herod at Herodyon National Park, nestled on the highest hill in the desert, at 758 m (2,487 ft) above sea level. Built in the first century BC, the site was once a vast complex that included a palace, fortress, gardens, and a small city on the slopes of the hill. You can view a short film about the history of the complex before you begin the steep ascent to the top. Take a guided tour of the archaeological site and enjoy the expansive views from the top, but remember to bring suitable footwear and plenty of water for the hike. Using our international travel planner, Jerusalem attractions like Herodyon National Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 3, 2017
    Holy Land visit the Herodion must be made. A long uphill, so many stairs, but in the end it is worth visiting the tomb of Herod. Attention: comfortable shoes is a stick, the risk of falling is very high, but the views are great.
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  • August 1, 2017
    We supposed to go to the mountain to visit the old ruins. Once there, people speaking hebrew (barely english) started to ask me questions about where I had been before, where I did found my guide etc....  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    How wonderful to have discovered this site. Like all the historical site, it is recommended to become familiar with the history here of Herod for well appreciated. Amazing views, amazing site with amphitheatre, Palace, cave, etc... I recommend to all...
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  • July 12, 2017
    Fascinating historical place. Archaeologists dug for years to discover everything this place has to offer and there is still more to unearth. The story of how this place was built and why is mind-blowing. Bring a hat against the sun, and a bottle of ice-cold water. It's about a ten minute hike uphill so bring comfortable sports shoes. Restrooms and water cooler available at the entrance. Well stocked souvenirs center, very friendly staff and highly knowledgeable tour guides.
  • June 17, 2017
    Very nice & unique historical place. Highly recomanded. Nice walk through historic caves that keeps you cold during hot summer days
  • May 21, 2017
    Solid place to see if you have lots of time. Usually not busy and not too far from Bethlehem. Includes ruins of a nice fortress, Herod's tomb, and some tunnels from the Jewish revolt.
  • June 30, 2017
    Very solid and interesting places :am from Seychelles
  • July 3, 2017
    A commanding view of the area beyond Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Amazing archeological site.

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