An exhibition featuring artifacts of King Herod, the ruler of Judea near the time of Christ’s birth, has opened in Israel.
The private household of King Herod has been laid bare in a new exhibition being held at a museum in Israel. Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem features exhibits that offer an intriguing glimpse into the home life of the divisive figure, including his bath and the decorations that adorned his palace.
The 250 artifacts were excavated over a period of 40 years at Herodium, the builder-king’s excavated palace on an arid hilltop a short drive from Jerusalem.
Museum staff have recreated sections of the palace to house the exhibits, including a mock-up of the tomb where King Herod was laid to rest and contains what experts believe is his excavated sarcophagus. There are also numerous busts and statues, as well as a one-piece stone bath excavated from the hot bath house at the site.
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