Jerusalem and environs: Monarchs, Matriarchs and Tombs
Herodium-- Herod the Great created this artificial mountain, which he topped with a palace-fortress.
Archaeologists have also discovered, huge cisterns, a "playground" pool at the base of the mound, and hideouts for Bar Kokhba's warriors and, recently the grand, long-sought tomb of the king himself.
The Rockefeller Museum -- an architectural monument in its own right, this grand 1930s-era complex houses finds from some of the great early excavations -- Gezer, Megiddo, Jericho, Jerusalem and many others.
The Kidron Valley -- Jerusalem's famed Mount of Olives cemetery began here over 2,000 years ago, when the monumental tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and the Sons of Hezir were built, some of the finest examples of Hellenistic tomb architecture in the world.
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