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Herod's Western Palace Tours

Herod the Great, King of Judea from 37 BC to 4 BC, built his palace 1,000 feet above sea level in Jerusalem during the last quarter of the 1st century BC. At the time, it was the second-most important building in Jerusalem, after the Jewish Second Temple, which he also constructed. Herod's Western Palace was built along the northwestern city wall in the Upper City with exceptional views of the Dead Sea.

At 3,700 square meters, the Western Palace was once the largest structure in the area, although it is hard to believe today as virtually nothing remains of the ancient fortress except a few sections of the citadel known as the Tower of David. This is in large part due to Rebelling Jews entering and burning the palace during the First Jewish Rebellion in 66 AD. The Tower of David Museum now occupies the site of the former palace and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. In its prime, the palace consisted of two main wings separated by lavish gardens and porticoes, guarded by three imposing towers. Rumors recently surfaced that Herod’s Palace may have been where Jesus was trialed and sentenced.

Practical Info

Herod's Jerusalem Palace-Fortress is located in the northwest corner of the Upper City walls. The ruins are not open to the public. 

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Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Marvel at the natural and historical splendors of Israel’s Dead Sea region on this private day trip from Jerusalem. Traveling in a private vehicle, drive south ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Masada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Day Trip from Jerusalem

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Visit Masada and Ein Gedi, two must-see wonders of the Judean Desert, on a full-day tour from Jerusalem, led by a local guide! After traveling past the Dead ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.00

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