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- 98%History Buffs
- 87%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 74%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Spiritual Seekers
- 63%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (12)
- MasadaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Aug 15, 2013
Standing on this mountain, thinking about what happened here is a completely surreal experience. The site is remarkably well preserved, with a black line along the stones separating what was original from what has been reconstructed. Sights at the top include a synagogue, baths and an underground cistern. However, the best view is looking out at the countryside and the Dead Sea. In some places you can still see remnants of the Roman siege wall that surrounded the city.
- MasadaFirst to ReviewJul 09, 2012
A pre-dawn hike at this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most inspiring hikes I've ever taken. I hadn't realized that Masada was where Jews chose suicide over Roman enslavement. I had never contemplated preserving freedom through death, and visiting Masada gave me an even deeper appreciation of the freedom that has been my birth right in America. I even pondered John Paul Jones famous statement: "Give me liberty or give me death." And if you visit and don't want to contemplate history or freedom, you can simply enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises you may ever see.
- MasadaJul 05, 2012
The Masada is not where Ii speak to God, or where I think I just felt complete... but where the most beautiful sunrise will happen that will make you believe in God and start talking to yourself saying "oh my God"...
It has to be some kind of act of God, as the glorious ball that awakens the mountains behind it is ever so bright and beautiful.
I recommend walking up depending on what time of year at least one hour and a half before sunrise, as it is quite quite steep at times, and when you finally get there... take a few minutes to enjoy the dawn... as the sounds of the sun rising to come over you with a chill!
- MasadaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersJul 04, 2012
Whether you wake up at 4 AM to trek up the mountainside before dawn (and the heat) arrives, or just take the cable car to the top, Masada offers some spectacular rewards for those who make the journey here. Built about 30 years before the birth of Christ, Masada was a strategic fortress for Herod the Great, and became a home for hundreds of Jews about 100 years later when they fled Jerusalem after Romans destroyed the Second Temple. When Roman troops surrounded Masada and its inhabitants, the residents famously decided to kill themselves rather than fall to their enemies. Today the site offers a remarkable view into the history of this land, with many of the structures still partly standing. If the weight of the history isn't enough, you'll also enjoy terrific views of the Dead Sea from the top.