After reading this blog entry, you may wish to review the current travel warning I have on Israel.
Masada is an ancient fortress near the Dead Sea in the middle of nowhere. Pictured above was a bath.
It’s at the top of a hill in the desert, easily accessible by a bus from the Central Bus Station. From there, one can choose to either hike or take a cable car.
It’s what you would expect of a ruin.
Typically, it’s hot and dry, but it was relatively cloudy, so it was quite pleasant. There are water fountains everywhere anyway.
The landscape from the fortress, and indeed former palace, was quite impressive as well.
It was first built as a palace complex, then turned into a fortress.
In Israel, its cultural significance has most to do with it being the last hold of the Jewish revolt against the Romans, it taking place after the destruction of the second temple.
No idea what those white things were.
The Romans fought for months until they finally had a breakthrough after building a tower that towered over one of the walls.
The c1000 Jewish fighters there then decided to commit mass suicide instead of being Roman slaves.
As a result, it became a symbol of Jewish heroism after the story was rediscovered by the Jewish youth movement.
The building had some exhibits and shops, including an Ahava outlet.
A Byzantine gate.