09.10.2011 12.Cheschwan. 5772
2,000 years after King Herod's time, Herodion is a wonder to behold while the site of his tomb is one of Israel’s greatest archaeological mysteries.
Historian Josephus writes that King Herod the Great, who was appointed by the Romans to rule Judea between 37 and 4 B.C., built a magnificent circular palace at a spot located about 12 kilometers south of Jerusalem. Dominating the desert landscape south of Bethlehem is the volcano-like mound of Herodion with a distinct conical (Josephus calls it breast-like) shape, which Herod filled with lush gardens, elaborate apartments, and heavily fortified ramparts….