Herodium

Herodium fortress

Herodium

(Romans 16:11)

Mountain in Judean Desert 6 km. (4 miles) southeast of Bethlehem. Height: 758 meters (2487 feet) above sea level. Named after King Herod who built a fortress on the summit and a settlement at its foot. According to Joseph ben Mattathias, Herod was also buried here.

After the great Revolt against Rome was quelled in 70 CE, the fort served as a refuge for fighters who fled from Jerusalem, until it too fell – like Masada 3 years later. During the Bar Kokhba war, the fortress was used by rebels. Also occupied during Byzantine Period.

Excavations uncovered remains of …….  

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