A site located about 7.5 miles south of Jerusalem called the Herodium is a site that looks like a volcano—but it is not! The Herodium was built by Herod the Great (Matthew 2). According to Josephus, a Jewish historian, the Herodium served as a palace/fortress for Herod the Great. Herod was buried here in 4 B.C. Later the Herodium served as a base for Jewish rebels during the first (A.D. 66-70) and second (A.D. 132-135) revolts against the Romans.
In addition, the Herodium is located only 3.5 miles southeast of Bethlehem—where Jesus (called the Christ) was born.
Herod was the king when Jesus was born—the same one who killed not only three of his sons, his favorite wife (Mariamne), the High Priest, his mother-in-law, but also the babies of Bethlehem (Matt 2:16).
Visitors to Israel are keenly aware of all the places built by Herod the Great and will probably visit Caesarea Maritima, the Temple Mount, and Masada. And there are many others. If fact, the land is littered with archaeological remains of places and buildings built by Herod. But really, one must consider the lasting (cosmic?) significance of Herod versus that of the child that was born in the insignificant hamlet of Bethlehem—namely Jesus.
In spite of all the “oohing and aahing” at Herodian remains, today no one actually “worships” Herod—as they do Jesus.