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A 25 minutes presentation of Macahaerus / Michvar / Maqawir by me to “The Watchman”, 2018:

Machaerus (Hebrew: “Michvar”, Arabic: “Mukawir”, or Mukawer”), is a fortified hilltop east of the Dead Sea, originally built by the Hasmonean king Alexander Jannaeus in about 90 BC.

It was later re-used by the Herodian Family, and in 32 CE it was the site where John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod Antipas, after a seductive dance by Salome (Mark 6, Mat. 14; Ant. 18.5.2).

The arabic village near the site named “Muqawir” preserved the name of the ancient site, and various archaeological expeditions uncovered parts of the fort.

Although the finds are not so remarkable, that fact John the baptist was executed at this hilltop makes it one of the most important site in Christian history.


“Danny the Digger” rating:      + 

Christian Interest:       + 

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wikipe Machaerus on Wikipedia
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Points of Interest in the Area

  Mount Nebo
  Iraq Al-Amir


Go for a Virtual Stroll in “Machaerus” / “Michvar”