Masada Ruins - Israel
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N 31° 19.095 E 035° 21.259
36R E 724036 N 3467266
Quick Description: The ruined stronghold known simply as Masada is located atop an isolated pinnacle of rock overlooking the Dead Sea at the western end of the Judean Desert.
Location: Israel
Date Posted: 3/16/2013 9:46:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMGKD4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
"Located on a high plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, Masada is a fortress-palace that was built by a Judean king in the late second century BC. In the first century BC it was embellished by King Herod, and then during the Roman siege of AD 66-74, the site was defended to the death by 950 Jewish rebels." (visit link)

The site of Masada was identified in 1842 and extensively excavated between 1963 and 1965 by an expedition led by Israeli archeologist Yigael Yadin. Due to the remoteness from human habitation and its arid environment, the site remained largely untouched by humans or nature for two millennia. The Roman ramp still stands on the western side and can be climbed on foot. Many of the ancient buildings have been restored from their remains, as have the wall-paintings of Herod's two main palaces, and the Roman-style bathhouses that he built. The synagogue, storehouses, and houses of the Jewish rebels have also been identified and restored. The meter-high circumvallation wall that the Romans built around Masada can be seen, together with eleven barracks for the Roman soldiers just outside this wall. Water cisterns two-thirds of the way up the cliff drain the nearby wadis by an elaborate system of channels, which explains how the rebels managed to conserve enough water for such a long time.

Masada is Israel's most popular paid tourist attraction. While a hike up the Snake Path on the eastern side of the mountain (access via the Dead Sea Highway) is considered part of the "Masada experience," a cable car operates at the site for those who wish to avoid the physical exertion. An audiovisual light show is presented nightly on the western side of the mountain (access by car from the Arad road or by foot, down the mountain via the Roman ramp path). In 2007, a new museum opened at the site in which archeological findings are displayed in a theatrical setting. (visit link)
Type: Ruin

Fee: Yes

April – September: 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. October – March: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M. Fridays and holiday eves: 8 A.M. – 3 P.M.

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