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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  • Though situated in the Palestinian Territories south from Bethlehem, the Herodion is administrated by the Israeli national parks. The visite of this mad palace that Herod built for himself is worthwhi...  more »
  • Man made mountain in the middle of the Judean desert, a fortress-tomb- monument built by Herod to honor... Himself. Well preserved, still under excavation. Easy to get to by car or cab, perfectly safe...  more »
  • Accordingly, on this Hill, in front of your eye opens a beautiful view overlooking the most important strategic localities of those ancient times. Write in the comments that it is not worth wasting time on visiting this site, but I disagree. If you are interested in the history, if you love ancient Herodium site-just what you need. Visit very comfortable most of the time you spend in underground passages, probably a little bit tired, because the rise of the Hill, but there are also toilets and shop with water, wash, drink, very human conditions. I cannot say whether it is possible to attend to people with disabilities because there's quite a rocky passages, stairs and underground tunnels themselves are not intended to prevent the movement of people on wheelchairs or other devices. In our view, the most interesting in visiting this place was a visit to the underground tunnels and water storage tanks, antiquity and degree of safety seats are very impressive! The territory itself is not very big, archeologists have restored a little, sometimes barbed wire. However, there is another unique moment in this archaeological complex is the theatre, which was built by Herod for one single event! At the moment, the frescoes and stucco in the theater are restored by restorers, the entrance is closed, but we managed to make a few shots through the glass. On one of the terraces is Herod's mausoleum layout, but it remains overgrown grass and blocked the entrance to the cave, at your own risk, you can go, then there's even a flashlight from the iPhone is nothing really shines! Tyre you need in a comfortable, closed shoes may come across snakes and spiders on the shoulders of lightweight shirt with long sleeves, a hat and sunscreen is necessary, well and water supply for 1 litre on the nose!
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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.

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