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Located 10 km east of Bethlehem, are the remains of the magnificent palace of Herod the Great, the Herodion. Named after its builder, Herod.
The mountain on which the Herodion sits rises 758 meters above sea level and overlooks both Bethlehem and Jerusalem, along with a dominating view of the Dead Sea and the Judean Wilderness.
The palace was built in the end of the 1st century BC as a fortified castle with the palace inside. It is known as one of Herod the Great’s most ambitious building projects. Excavations have uncovered many remains such as the pool complex, the remains of three Byzantine churches, secret tunnels, complete bathrooms dating to the Roman times, churches, buildings, and other archaeological remains.
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