1 Day Culture tour itinerary for Jerusalem: Herodium: Palace, Fortress And Tomb
Take an indepth tour of Herodium to know the life of King Herod and the history of the Second Temple period. An incredible site, it explains the time of Jesus through its architecture and archaeology.
In-Depth Tour of Herodium
Drive to Herodium (1/2 hour journey).
Tour of Lower Palace Complex: Pool, Monumental building, Roman bath house, mosaics, remains of Byzantine Church (~1 hour)
Tomb area, glacis and newly discovered theater (~1/2 hour)
Palace/fortress on mountain top: Triclinium/synagogue, ritual bath, Roman bath with the 2000 year old dome (~1 hour)
Water system, tunnels from Great Revolt (66-70CE) and Bar Kokhba revolt (132-135CE) (~1/2 hour)
Drive back (~1/2 hour)
Entrance fee to National Park: 29 NIS for an adult.
15 NIS for the child.
This is an in-depth tour of Herodium - most people don't stop to explore the ruins of the lower palace complex beyond the park, a large pool, the Monumental building and the remains of a Byzantine Church but we do.
We continue with Herod's palace/fortress, really fit for a king, on top of a man-made mountain in the Judean desert.
We will learn about how water was brought to this isolated spot. How an entire administrative complex with palaces and gardens was built and why Herod chose to be buried there.
We will see the remains of a mausoleum on the side of the mountain that was just excavated a few years ago (the site where King Herod would have been buried) and a small theater just discovered where Herod entertained.
The tour puts the life of King Herod, the history of the Second Temple period, just before the time of Jesus in perspective and explains the architecture and archaeology of an incredible site.
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