The pool of the Herodion was one of the largest in the ancient world. It is 10 feet deep, 140 feet long, and 200 feet wide. Herod typically built as if he could defeat nature. Since the Herodion is located in the desolate Judea Wilderness, Herod chose to bring water from three miles away and create a swimming pool surrounded by a garden, which in turn was enclosed by a colonnade. The island in the middle of the pool was also colonnaded and more than 40 feet in diameter.Between the pool and the upper fortress are the remains of the lower palace, the largest of all the structures. It has not been completely excavated. One of the archaeologists excavating the fortress believes Herod’s tomb is located somewhere inside.


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