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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  • Worth the visit. Make sure to put on your walking shoes. Breathtaking views. Can recommend it to anyone.  more »
  • The impressive ruins of Masada (Hebrew for "fortress") located on a steep mountaintop plateau, deep in the Judean desert and overlooking the Dead Sea, abound in historical significance for Israel and....  more »
  • The view from the plateau is exceptional. You can take the cable car to the top, but during the winter season it is not a bad idea to climb up using the snake path that is really well built, and you can get up in 40-50 minutes max.
  • Loved this! So glad the tour stopped here as I am not sure I would have done it on my own. One of the most interesting things to do in the Dead Sea region.

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