Israel opens Herod’s palace to the public

The palace-fortress of King Herod near Bethlehem is expected to open its doors, giving the public the opportunity to discover the rich way of life of its most brutal and paranoid king of Roman times.

THE Israeli Nature and Parks Authority announced that it will reopen the venue on Sunday and will be the first time that tourists will be able to see the arched staircase, the foyer and the 300-seat private theater of Herod.

It is essentially about guest room of Herod, which, during his lifetime, was accessible only to the “important guests of the king”, said the Israeli Authority for Nature and Parks.

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It is worth noting that the popular tourist destination is located in excavation in the last 13 years, after discovery of the tomb of Herod.

Archaeologists believe that Herod decided to bury his palace near the end of his life and this decision has actually helped the archeological community, as a large part of the site has been maintained and protected for the last 2,000 years.

According to archaeologists, the palace was built by slaves and consisted of four towers – in which Herod is believed to have lived.

The palace was decorated with ornate murals, one aqueduct, mosaic floors Mrs.i corridors. Outside there was a garden and a huge fountain.

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Herod was the Roman king who ruled Judea from 37 to 4 BC. and became perhaps best known for ordering the slaughter of innocent infants at the birth of Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew in the Christian Bible.

Initially it was identified with the Jewish traditions, but gradually over time it adopted the Roman way of life, as seen in the velvet paintings and decorations that adorned the palace and its mausoleum.

He died in Jericho 4th century BC from a long and painful illness.

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