The fortress was built by Alexander Jannaeus around 90 BC. Its strategic position, situation on a high hilltop, and proximity to other citadels made it a powerful stronghold. It was destroyed in 57 BC, but rebuilt by Herod the Great in 30 BC. It was destroyed again in 72 AD, and abandoned.
Today, the site is sometimes visited by tourists, and is regarded as a national historic location.
People Born in Machaerus
Machaerus in People's Lives
Marc Antony: I traveled here on a military campaign, as chief of cavalry, in 56 BC. I fought in a battle here won by the Roman armies.