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Masada is the most impressive archeological site that I visited while in Israel. It is an ancient fortification built, mostly by King Herod the Great, on top of a mountain plateau. Seemingly impregnable, it fell to the Romans in 73 A.D. after a legendary siege. As the story goes, the fortress was defended by Jewish Zealots after Roman captured nearby Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Because the steep slopes of mountain face made a direct assault impossible, the Roman, in an equally marvelous feat of engineering built a ramp up on side of the mountain face inorder to access the fortress walls. Finally after the ramp was completed and the fall of the fortress seemed but certain, the Zealots rather than facing enslavement by the Romans, committed mass suicide.
I have read elsewhere that this may not have been the actual facts about the fortresses capture however its stoic defense had made Masada the stuff of legends. Today Masada is symbolic of Jewish national heroism.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    This certainly does sound like an impressive archeological site, no matter what may or may not have happened during the siege in 73 A.D.

  • Bavavia's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Great Masada tips! i remember walking on those round things thinking i was going to fall through!And it rained in Masada when i was there too!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 10:57 PM

    Rain on Masada? Now that's a unique experience.

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2007 at 7:03 AM

    Paul, I'm wondering if you took the cable car ride ? Fascinating stuff here. I must get to this part of the world soon but until then will continue to enjoy the virtual tours. :) Katherine.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2006 at 5:02 PM

    It's been since 2004 since I've read these pages. They are still great. Paul, this is a fascinating page with historical significance. I found it to be enlightening and quite interesting.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2006 at 6:10 PM

    Really enjoyed your great pages on Israel and Masada - my daughter had her bas mitzvah in the Masada synagogue = a timeless memory. Great photos and commentary.

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 1:47 PM

    Fascinating enigma, indeed.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2004 at 8:47 AM

    Masada looks like a really interesting and beautiful place to visit! I was surprised to read there is a cable car!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2004 at 12:13 PM

    A very fascinating look at Masada. And a much more cost effective tour choice option to boot ;-]

  • vaticanus's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2004 at 6:50 PM

    Fascinating tour. Roman engineering and siegecraft always surprising. And the best heroes always seem to be on the losing side.


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