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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Masada

Masada is a mountaintop fortress in Israel. According to the ancient historian Josephus, it was fortified by Herod the Great in the 1st century BCE. In 66 CE, at the beginning of the Jewish uprising against the Romans, a group of rebels captured Masada. They retained control of the fortress until 73 CE, when, besieged by the Romans, they committed mass suicide rather than surrender. Excavated in the 1950s and 60s, Masada is now a major tourist attraction. How do visitors reach the top of Masada? More...
stefan
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"...access by car from the Arad road or by foot, down the mountain via the Roman ramp path. 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."
MechPebbles
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Looks pretty awesome.
Momsey
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 7:22:17 AM
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I have always been fascinated with the history of Masada. I read a novel based on the history of the siege of Masada as a child, and it made a lasting impression on me.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 7:30:55 AM

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I find height usually adds context!

but I find the interesting bit is how they solved the obvious problem - how to get enough water to survive a siege on top of a rock in the desert. (and fill those big baths Whistle )



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monamagda
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The thrilling natural beauty of Masada National Park is best appreciated on the Snake Path, a long, winding route up the plateau that takes about an hour to complete from Masada’s eastern parking lot – A Must Do, if you have the energy for it! The crags of the surrounding cliffs, the salt pillars of the Dead Sea and the endless sky stretching out for miles and miles are sights you will take to the grave, honestly guv! For those seeking a faster route, the ramp trail ascends from the western parking lot, veering steeply up the plateau for a 20 minute climb.

For those who are unwilling or unable to undergo physical exertion, a cable car operates from the Dead Sea side and takes about 3 minutes. However, if you are able-bodied, there is really no excuse for not taking the hiking trails. Taking in the vast landscape is a vital part of your Masada day, so don't miss out!

See this great clip :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0nae2k47qOw

http://igoogledisrael.com/2011/02/our-guide-to-masada-a-desert-fortress-you-have-to-storm/
Miriam...
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:12:55 PM

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Thank you Thar and Monamagda for the diagrams and special links.
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:25:34 PM

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Newer archaeological evidence suggests that there was, in fact, no mass suicide. Suicide was a sin so they drew lots. The one who lost killed the 'winners' and then killed himself, so there was only one technical 'suicide'. That's pretty committed.
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