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“A monumental structure rivalling the pyramids”

Herodyon National Park
Jerusalem
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77 reviews
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“A monumental structure rivalling the pyramids”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

King Herod, who was known for his buildings, outdid himself in building this huge tomb for himself. climb it and feel this for yourself.

Visited March 2014
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“The core of the Jewish history”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Only 30 min to drive from the downtown of Jerusalem, safe road.
Recommend to come at the morning, because it con be hot during the day time at summer and spring.
Try to see the rooms which are under the restouration, even if you only can stay at the entrance.

Visited April 2014
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Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Cool”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

This place was so cool! I didn't realize how genius (though badly behaved) Herod was. It was a really cool experience to check out the area. Prepare for a lot of stairs and slopes though.

Visited April 2014
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Bern, Switzerland
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“Impressive and highly symbolic place”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

Visiting this largely man-made (by King Herod's workers and slaves!) mountain from just before the time of Christ is an impressive - and often unsettling - experience. Unsettling for two reasons: For one thing there is the strong symbolism of a fortress originally built exclusively for a megalomanic semi-Jewish king and friend of the occupying romans celebrating himself and hiding behind walls while a few miles away you can see Bethlehem where one was born in a stone trough who "became a lowly slave to serve and not to rule". The contrast could not be stronger. But the site is also unsettling today with vistas from the top to the settlements around it and also due to the fact that Jewish Israel now celebrates Herod almost as if he was a Davidic king while he was hated by almost all Jews 2000 years ago and the celebrated Zealots smashed his tomb and used the Herodion for rebellious headquarters. Almost ironic - and symbolic for the claims made in the area today.

Visited April 2014
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Very interesting, impressive though small archaeological site at the heart of the West Bank”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Even though it is quite small an archaeological site, the Herodion makes for a fascinating visit. Said to be the burial site of King Herod (although not all archaeologists agree on this), the fortress turned into artificial mountain by Herod impresses by its majestic height, its ruined palaces, the beautiful view from the top and the network of tunnels that are digged inside, and which can be walked through. A 2013 exhibition on King Herod at the Israel Museum offered very interesting explanations on the meaning of the site; worth checking to see if you can find explanations online.

Worth noting that the site is located at the heart of the Palestinian West Bank, in the area of Bethlehem. It is quite close to Jerusalem - a 20 mn drive - and was said to be visible from the city during Herod's time. Do take your passport with you to cross the military checkpoints when traveling from Israel to the Palestinian territory and back. the visit can be coupled with a tour to Bethlehem and Beit Jala, and with lunch to the lovely Hosh Jasmin restaurant outside Beit Jala.

Visited March 2014
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