Mukawir is a fortress set on a high hill near the Dead Sea. It is the site of one of Herod’s palaces, and has the tradition of being where Salome danced and John the Baptist was beheaded. From the top of this mountain it is possible to see Herod’s two other mountain-top palaces, Herodium near Bethlehem and Alexandrium near Jericho. On a clear day it is possible to see the towers of Jerusalem. When visiting this location try and find the large cisterns carved out of the side of the mountain that provided water for this remote mountain-top fortress.

 On the right of the path going up the mountain it is possible to see the footings where an aqueduct once took water to the fortress. The water cisterns are to the right of the top of the aqueduct.

On the right of the path going up the mountain it is possible to see the footings where an aqueduct once took water to the fortress. The water cisterns are to the right of the top of the aqueduct.

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