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. Arrange to visit Herodyon National Park and other attractions in Jerusalem using our Jerusalem trip planner .
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  • This hill palace-fortress of Herod is much smaller than Masada, but no less interesting. The site is spectacular, overlooking the Dead Sea, and the remains of the Palace allow you to picture what a gr...  more »
  • This site well worth a visit. The Palazzo7fortezza is mind blowing. Well maintained. On top of a hill. It particularly fascinating. Comfortable shoes to ascend and descend from this magnificent place rich in history.
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  • A site of History and that is needed to see first hand. It will be a tourist stop to experience. A guided tour is best, to get all the history that is associated to this National Park. Again a Bible o...  more »
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  • First of all, and I hardly ever say this, make sure to hire a guide if you really want to explore this place. Guides around here are very knowledgeable and the info system sometimes confusing. This place is fascinating, a true miracle how it was built thousands of years ago. Leave at least 2-3 hours as it requires some reasonably steep walking.
  • 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.
  • One of Herod's four main fortresses (with Massada, Macheraeus and Alexandrion/Sartaba). Start the down path with the theater (Pompei style frescoes) and tomb, climb through the tunnel. Miqveh, synagogue and byzantine chapel up. Don't miss the view on Teqoah, prophet Amos village. Down the fortress, one of the 330 byzantine church of the country.
  • Fantastic historical archeological site. New great finds all the time. King Herod's monumental tomb.
  • Herodium, named after Herod The Great, is a must visit site while touring in the Holy Land. This ancient fortress is one of the greatest architectural structures from the Roman times. While being on the top of hill, enjoy amazing view of Judean desert and surrounding areas.

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