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“This and Herodium are Outstanding”

Herod's Western Palace
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We visited Herod's palaces in summer, which was a hot yet rewarding experience. Even young kids were able to make the climb, though the stairs aren't best for seniors or for the weak, who could succumb to heatstroke. Good walking shoes for uneven ground are considered essential.

The view of the Judean mountains and desert were incredible, and the sense of history here makes the places seem immovable. Herod's Palace is a feat of construction in an otherwise barren, formidable landscape. At the Herodium outside of Bethlehem, we saw the burial place of King Herod and "last stand" tunnels, where Bar Kochba rebels later fought and died.

These, along with Gamla (and possibly Nimrod's Fortress), are amongst the most impressive historical places to visit in the land of Israel. Except for Herodium, they are all within return driving distance of Tiberias (Lake Kinneret) and even Jerusalem. However, enough time should be allotted for walking and for viewing after morning departure / arrival.

Luckily, North Americans don't need an international driver's license to rent a car from El Dan and to drive almost anywhere. Just watch out for the tolls on highway 6, if (even accidentally) driving North/South from the airport. Also, carry your passport at all times, in case you encounter a security cross-/ check-point.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Worth the climb! Herod's Western Palace is located on Masada so you need to first reach Masada ( by cable car or up snake path). Beautiful views and worth the effort.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My husband is a history professor and he was in his glory visiting this amazing sight! Definitely worth the climb for those fit enough to do it! Such beautiful views!

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Such a deep sense of historical importance. I was moved by the story of the 900 who chose to die rather than to be subject to slavery. To think that they held off the mighty Roman army for 3 years before the walls were breached.

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I love history and this place was loaded with all kinds of insights into how luxuriantly Herod planned to live! It was well worth the visit!

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