Herodium, another view

December 9, 2010

Our previous post showed an aerial view of Herod’s fortress, the Herodium.  Today’s photo offers a view from ground level.

Herodium. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

The Herodium can easily be seen from nearby Bethlehem.

Herod is known for his atrocity of killing the baby boys in Bethlehem from age two and under.  That is consistent with what is known of him from secular history.

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The Herodium

December 7, 2010

The Herodium was a fortress built by Herod the Great.  It is located about eight miles south of Jerusalem and about 3 miles southeast of Bethlehem.

Here Herod was buried, but his tomb was not discovered until May 2007, by Ehud Netzer, who recently died at the site as a result of a fall.

 

Aerial of Herodium. Photo by Leon Mauldin

 

The small blue rectangle is the site of recent excavations.  Just below that you can see the theater.

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