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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. 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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  • A place that cannot be described in words as the history and events that took place in ancient times are incredible.  more »
  • This is a ruin where the fortress used to stand. You can either take a cable car up or hike up. To hike up, you will need good shoes and some stamina as certain part is a bit elevated. And apply lots....  more »
  • The national park is in the southern Sahraa' Yahuda. There are a few hiking trails worth investigating. Generally the majority of people go to the fortress or museum and so the trails are quite...  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.
  • Masada is a place like no other. We took advantage of the cable car to get up which was fun and then spent hours at the top enjoying the view and exploring the buildings before walking down the snake path back to the car. Even the kids found it interesting and although they were tired they loved running down the mountain.
  • Stairs, a lot of stairs. As soon as you reach the top you will feel the payback on your efforts. Don't go there when it's hot, go at winter or very early I'm the morning so it wont be too hot and you will have the opportunity to catch the sunrise.
  • Unbelievable. This place was amazing. So much history which was presented in such a fun way. Could easily spend a whole day here.

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