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A little history

At 430 meters high above the Dead Sea (50 m above sea level), Massada (Hebrew for fortress) due to its shape, is a rhomboid mountain with flat top, ideal as fortress.

Originally Massada was established by Herod as a place of refuge and escape with some nice palaces, baths ...

The king equipped his mountain castle with all the luxuries of the Roman world and provided for a possible siege by storing large amounts of: food and other supplies.

He also dammed up the nearby Wadis to channel the flood waters of winter into the huge cisterns.

Right now Massada is most famous for the stand of the Zealots.

The excavations

Massada was excavated by Professor Yigael Yadin for 12 months from 1963 to 1965.

The Israeli army and thousands of volunteers from 28 countries came to help.


Today, Masada is a popular tourist attraction because of it structures, beautiful view, and mysterious history.

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  • Last visit to Masada: May 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 14, 2003
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2004 at 3:18 PM

    masada is truely incredible. both from a natural and historical point of view. i was lucky enough to live just down the road from there for 6 months.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2003 at 9:01 AM

    Looks like an amazing place! I like the view over the desert and the Dead Sea.

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2003 at 11:40 PM

    Fascinating. I remember the film (or was it series?) with Peter O'Toole. Great to have seen it for real eh?

  • Hosell's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2003 at 2:28 PM

    Really a very interesting place to visit,I liked specially your views from top ,and cable car pictures!!!thanks to shared with us.


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