Located in a cone-shape hill near Bethlehem, we find a palace built by Herod the Great. The Herodion is believed to be the burial place of this foreign benefactor representing the interests of Roman imperialism. The Herodion was used as a fortress against Rome during the Jewish Revolt. In 66 CE, it was captured by the Jewish Zealot sect who added baptismals and a tabernacle to the structure. Year later, it was one of Simon bar Kokhba’s headquarters, a messianic figure struggling against the Romans.