King Herod's Palace

Built roughly 20-years before the birth of Christ, excavations of a colossal fortress built by King Herod the Great have unearthed its grand entrance way, which leads to a vestibule or lobby covered with colored frescoes. This palace was built after Herod defeated the Parthians, originally from Iran, and decided to build a town and palace on the site 10 miles (16km) south of Jerusalem to celebrate his victory. Hebrew University archaeologists, Roi Porat, Yakov Kalman and Rachel Chachy, said: “The corridor was built as part of Herod’s plan to turn Herodium into a massive artificial volcano-shaped hill, a vast and impressive monument designed to commemorate the architect-King.” Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information

According to The Daily Mail, “This room was decorated with painted frescoes and also showed signs of the rebel occupation during the Great Revolt of 66 to 71 BC. These signs included Jewish Revolt coins and crude temporary structures. In addition, the excavations in the arched corridor also showed evidence of the Bar Kokhba Revolt period that took place between 132 and 136 BC. This included a series of hidden tunnels dug on the site by the rebels as part of the guerrilla warfare they waged against the Romans.”