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“THE DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS”
The desolate hilltop of Machaerus is the castle of Herod the Great and the place where John the Baptist was imprisoned, when he outspokenly denounced King Herod Antipas’ marriage to his brother’s wife, Herodias. He was later beheaded on the King’s birthday when Herodias’ daughter, Salome, is said to have danced in return for a wish, which was the Baptist’s head on a plate.
The site is protected by deep ravines and the ruins themselves are quite modest but the view over much of the Dead Sea and the hills of Palestine is breathtaking.