Masada National Park, Masada

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#1 of 236 in Parks in Israel
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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  • What a place! This has to be one of the highlights, quite literally, of any visit to Israel. You can reach the fortress by walking but a far more easier way is by cable car. Once on the plateau on whi...  more »
  • The view is amazing! The heat is cracking, so take a bottle of water. The ascent can be made on foot (for the Brave!) or the tram. The walking trail is only open until a certain time on account of the heat. It is worth staying a long time in the fort exploring the region, has explanatory signs of the sites.
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  • The winter palace and ultimate keep of Herod I. Also, later, the last stand of Jewish rebels against the Romans. It was an impressive fortress high above the Dead Sea. As a client king of Rome, Herod ...  more »
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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
  • Great place to visit if you can! It has important history and the view is fantastic. The only problem is that it may be really hot depending on the weather.
  • Special to be on such an historical important place. Nice visitor center. Very hot on the mountain make sure to find some shade now and then.
  • Amazing national park! Loved the beautiful views. We got a map with explanations about what we we're seeing. Good thing there's a cable lift, bit you can walk up and down a well.
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