Masada National Park, Masada

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Originally built as a fortress by King Herod and now designated as a World Heritage Site, Masada National Park famously provided the setting for a Roman siege of Jewish rebels in 73 CE. The fortress, built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert, includes palaces, granaries, and a synagogue. According to the ancient historian Josephus' account, 960 Jews who escaped there during the Jewish-Roman War in 70 CE committed mass suicide rather than fall prey to their Roman captors. You can ascend and descend the mountain to tour the fortress either by walking a narrow steep path or by riding the cable car. Arrange your visit to Masada National Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Masada using our Masada day trip planning site .
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  • Mount Masada is a gem - definitely a place to visit when in the Dead Sea area. Mount Masada can be accessed from the west and from the east. Western access is through the town of Arad - it's a 20-30 m...  more »
  • access to the spa and the beach of the kibbutz hotel d'ein guedi where we had taken a room at 220 euros at night having been refused, we were forced to change our plans and therefore visit Massada in the middle of the afternoon. It's better to go early in the morning. It's wonderful.
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  • The site was incredible historical masterpiece. Although, the lady at the security gate where cars are let in yelled at us for using a Hebrew greeting at the gate saying “NEVER SAY HELLO AT A CHECKPOINT IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE UNLESS YOU SPEAK THAT LANGUAGE!” It’s a strange way to greet foreigners trying to be polite.
  • An impressive historical site. Tells the sad story of the last Jewish fighters against the Roman Empire. Great views
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