December 30th 2014
Herodium National Park is home to the fortress of the ancient ruler Herod the Great. This fortress was constructed between 23 and 15 BCE. Located outside of Bethlehem, this park houses the tomb of Herod the Great. Visitors are able to take a tour of the park and view the ancient tomb, as well as Herod’s palace there, including bathhouses and courtyards. Visitors to the park are also able to take a tour of the underground tunnels built by the Jewish fighters during the Bar Kochba Revolt 132 to 135 CE that were used as hideouts. These tunnels were dug in secret and used as bases of clandestine guerilla warfare against the approaching Roman Empire’s army.