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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. Use our Masada trip itinerary planner to visit Masada National Park on your trip to Masada, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • There are several places to see, people with health, I recommend go by cable car and go back the way of the snake. Spend 4 hours each.
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  • Masada is a natural fortress situated on top of a 400 meter flat-top mountain in the Negev Desert. It is 2000 years old and still very impressive. It has been excavated very carefully and you get a ve...  more »
  • Masada is one of the most visited sites in Israel, and when you see what is there you can understand why. It is the only still completely intacted Roman battlefield, and the desert has done well perse...  more »