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The Palace on the Hilltop

Herodian is the fortress/palace built by Herod the Great on a high hilltop 12 kilometers south of Jerusalem. It’s an extraordinary place to visit where you can see the grandeur with which Herod surrounded himself. But first things first – a little bit about who Herod was and why he built this fortress here. I’ve written about Herod before, see my blog about Caesarea, but now I’ll go a little deeper into who he was. Herod was the son of an Idumean father who either converted to Judaism or whose father converted. His mother was a Nabatean. He was placed on the throne of Judea and named “King of the Jews” by Rome around the year 40 BCE. At the time, Rome was fighting the Parthians (Persians).

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