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The Masada Museum, Dead Sea Region

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SItuated within Masada National Park, The Masada Museum displays findings of archaeologist Yigael Yadin at the ancient fortress and World Heritage Site. Excavated in the 1960s, the relics are presented in the form of theatrical scenes depicting events that transpired at the Masada Fort during its turbulent history. With the help of an audio guide, you can acquaint yourself with the historic background of each of the scenes adorned with artifacts, such as the rule of Herod and the Roman siege of the fort. Take a look at our Ein Bokek trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to The Masada Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Before your hike up the mountain or before your cablecar ride, take an hour to visit the museum to learn the history and get a preview of the site. It is well-done.  more »
  • Advance in "Cinema" should make with the show on all cases, if one has no own travel guide here. Are there many Hollywood scenes, however, there's a very good insight on the history of the place. The exhibits are a little Loveless displayed in the showcases but also worth seeing.
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  • The fortress was built by King Herod on the mountain, which rises to 400 m above the dead sea or ocean level, bearing in mind that the dead sea on the 417 m below sea level. It was the winter residence of the unassailable, almost the whole town. But there is nothing eternal and the fortress was destroyed by the Romans. Today we see the noble ruins of storing traces of a bygone luxury. On the height you will raise a modern cable car trailer. And the magnificent landscapes of the dead sea will open before your eyes.
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  • Absolutely breathtaking. I recommend hiking down the Snake Path as you don't really get to that amazing view from within the cable car. Make sure you're in good health and bring along sunglasses, maybe a hat and enough water. Don't forget to put on lots of sunscreen. Only few parts of the Snake Path are equipped with steps or railings. So be careful not to slip.
  • The vision of our ancestors to imagine a luxurious fortress compound in the middle of such an inhospitable land was truly mind blowing, as were the innovations of the time. Imagining the work of the 5000 enslaved Jews to create this compound was incredibly moving, and the story of the original settlers' demise beyond tragic. It was 110 degrees when I visited, but still worth being crammed like sardines into the cable car and herded over the rough terrain. The frescoes and tile work that have survived are strikingly beautiful and modern in many ways.
  • Fairy expensive but is worth the money. You get a great veiw of the dead sea and the desert. There are some very cool ruins and big canyons that make for a great picture. There is one lookout point that when you yell you hear a loud echo see if you can find the echo. Also very hot dress appropriately.
  • A fantastic, stunning view from the top. Interesting, if tragic, history, although there is no museum at the top and information panels are rare and not particularly detailed. The ramp and snakepath walks are easy for anyone of moderate health and fitness, if a little steep in places. Very very crowded at top for sunrise, which is well worth the walk and getting up early.
  • I have wanted to visit this site for ever. It did not disappoint. I would recommend reading "the dove keeper" and other historical accounts before going.

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