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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  • What a place! This has to be one of the highlights, quite literally, of any visit to Israel. You can reach the fortress by walking but a far more easier way is by cable car. Once on the plateau on whi...  more »
  • The view is amazing! The heat is cracking, so take a bottle of water. The ascent can be made on foot (for the Brave!) or the tram. The walking trail is only open until a certain time on account of the heat. It is worth staying a long time in the fort exploring the region, has explanatory signs of the sites.
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  • The site was incredible historical masterpiece. Although, the lady at the security gate where cars are let in yelled at us for using a Hebrew greeting at the gate saying “NEVER SAY HELLO AT A CHECKPOINT IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE UNLESS YOU SPEAK THAT LANGUAGE!” It’s a strange way to greet foreigners trying to be polite.
  • An impressive historical site. Tells the sad story of the last Jewish fighters against the Roman Empire. Great views
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