"Visit Massada on the Dead Sea...." Israel Things to Do Tip by Martin_S.
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Visit Massada on the Dead Sea. You can see the ruins of the fortress that Herod the Roman Governor of Judea built. The Northern Palace is spectacular and there are many parts of the fortress undergoing restoration constantly. One of the most impressive things is the water cistern in the southern part of the fortress. This is a cistern carved out of solid rock and as you walk down the steps to reach the bottom you start to comprehend the scale of the operation it took to dig.
The eastern side of Massada where the cable car to the top is has just added a new museum showing some of the finds and a model of the fortress.
This is one of the most famous of spots where a group of Zealots (less than 100) stood against a Roman legion (about 10,000 troops). Some of the Roman camps have also been restored and you can see the wall the Romans built to prevent the rebels from escaping. The cable car ride is wheelchair accessable and the view from the top is quite breathtaking.
'The Jewish War' by Josephus, tells the story in quite good detail and that is what they based the movie on. Some the the siege machines that they built for the movie are still there. There is also a sound and light show (at night of course) that is also quite good and should be seen if you are staying in the area.
Directions: Just off the road along the Dead Sea, about 1 hour from Jerusalem or Arad. You can also go by way of the western entrance where you can walk up the ramp the Romans built to attack the fortress(the wes
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