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.
Masada National Park reviews
This is a ruin where the fortress used to stand. You can either take a cable car up or hike up. To hike up, you will need good shoes and some stamina as certain part is a bit elevated. And apply lots.... more »
The national park is in the southern Sahraa' Yahuda. There are a few hiking trails worth investigating. Generally the majority of people go to the fortress or museum and so the trails are quite... more »
The view from the plateau is exceptional. You can take the cable car to the top, but during the winter season it is not a bad idea to climb up using the snake path that is really well built, and you can get up in 40-50 minutes max.
Loved this! So glad the tour stopped here as I am not sure I would have done it on my own. One of the most interesting things to do in the Dead Sea region.
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