In the year 23 BCE Herod the Great, had established himself as a strong and cruel ruler of the Judean kingdom, when he started the construction of another fortified mountain palace, the Herodion, which is the only complex bearing his name. It was completed three years later.
There is a path which was probably built for Herod's funeral procession, described by Josephus, leading to his grave. The exact location of the grave was a mystery to the archaeologists, searching for it over a period of many years, but then finally in 2007 the remains of his grave, sarcophagus and mausoleum was found by Prof. Ehud Netzer on the north eastern slope of the hill, after a thirty years long search for it. Sadly last October Prof. Netzer fell while digging on the site and died later due to injuries detained at this accident.
An areal view taken from the flier distributed at the site.
The photographer, my husband Uri Eshkar. The photos are from two visits to the site, from last week and one we paid two years ago at the same time in November.