Masada – A UNESCO world heritage site and an incredible place and story of bravery, revolution, survival and honor.
History of Masada
A group of zealots took refuge in the Masada desert fortress during the Jewish Revolt (66-70 CE) and withstood the Romans for three years. Eventually the Romans built an assault ramp up one side of the hill allowing them to deploy superior troops and technology. On the night before the inevitable Roman victory the defenders committed mass suicide to avoid capture. Masada has been extensively excavated and even food stores were found!
Masada has passed into modern Israeli as a classic narrative and a symbol of independence, honour and the good fight – Masada will not fall again!
Follow the black lines on the building – they show the extent of archaeological restoration above the historical remains. There are some impressive mosaic floors.
There are two ways up and down – the simplest is the cable car ride; however, for the more adventurous there is the legendary snake path – not an easy climb but not impossible either. No strollers and plenty of water. The “classic” way is to wake up before dawn and make the climb in the cool of first light – reaching the top in time to enjoy the sunrise over the Dead Sea from the top of Masada.
There is a youth hostel and also a very basic camping grounds – but this is the desert!!
Getting To Masada
Masada is just off road 90 and is also served by several buses, including routes 486 and 421.
See Masada Reserve
See also Nature Reserves
Masada Sound & Light Shoiw
There is a sound and light show at Masada. Note that the access is not from the main Dead Sea road (90). You must drive down the completely unconnected road from the general direction of Arad.