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Israeli Archaeologists Reveal 'Glory' of King Herod's Palace after Decade of Conservation

A decade of archaeological conservation and restoration has revealed a wealth of new information and sites at the ancient palace of Herodium. Built by Herod the Great on top of the highest peak in the Judaean Desert between 22 and 15 BC, the fortress-palace was abandoned at least 100 years later. Herod's palace sits today in the West Bank, about 7.5 miles south of Jerusalem and 3.1 miles south of Bethlehem.

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), Civil Administration, and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority have been working on the site for 10 years now.

Their incredible work has restored an ancient theatre - one of the first theatres built in Israel - the Royal Guest House and an archway leading to the palace's "monumental staircase".

The IAA said: "Come experience the glory of Herod's creation from 2,000 years ago."

King Herod built the palace-fortress and small town at Herodium and is believed to have been buried there. (Exp / VFI News)