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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  • This was a great place for us to learn about Herod and his excesses! We loved the archeological work and seeing the ancient frescos!!  more »
  • Herodion is awesome. It has new (today is May 2017) archeological excavation going on - part of the external wall is exposed; the theater is excavated and frescos are being renovated :) It is a must s...  more »
  • You must go to this site! It is fascinating to think that Herod created this palace and then built a hill around it to forify it and make it stand out around the surrounding plains. You can walk all o...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very nice & unique historical place. Highly recomanded. Nice walk through historic caves that keeps you cold during hot summer days
  • 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.
  • Very solid and interesting places :am from Seychelles
  • A commanding view of the area beyond Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Amazing archeological site.