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  • Marko,Polona, Hiam, Igor, Masada, Israel
    Marko,Polona, Hiam, Igor, Masada, Israel
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  • Peter O'Toole starring in movie
    Peter O'Toole starring in movie "Masada"
    by Martin_S.
  • Polona, Marko, Igor on Masada
    Polona, Marko, Igor on Masada
    by Martin_S.

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    Polona, Igor and baby Marko visit Masada

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 5, 2007

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    Marko,Polona, Hiam, Igor, Masada, Israel
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    Favorite thing: Polona (Oja) brought her new family to visit us and one of the places (like the bridges in Ljubljana) that you just "have to see" in Arad (or Israel for that matter) is Masada, a national symbol of outstanding importance.

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    Peter O'Toole starring....

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 5, 2007

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    Peter O'Toole starring in movie

    Favorite thing: Meet Peter O'Toole (our friend Eytantook this picture while he was here filming Masada) and caught him just as they were getting ready to film one of the siege scenes. The film holds pretty accurate to the history of what is known according to Josephus and maybe better known in the popular novel "Masada" by author Leon Uris.

    Fondest memory: Now I was hired, or was slated to be hired as one of the Zealots on Masada (because of my deep suntan and beard, they made me really look the part), but my place of work would not release me or give me vacation, so could not participate...and yes I agree it would have been a fantastic once in a life time experience, putting food on the table was more important.

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    Weather

    by Sharon Written Jun 15, 2005

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    watching the dead sea from the hotel's pool

    Favorite thing: The dead sea as was mentioned before located in the lowest place in the world.
    In summer time its pretty much hell weather wise... but nights can be great.
    Most year its pretty nice or hot there but if its not in summer season the nights can be cold.

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    The lowest place in the world

    by Sharon Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Andrea Me and Rudi above us Stopping in sea level.

    Favorite thing: Yes if you didnt know that then now you do, the Dead sea is the lowest place in the world ! -417 meters below sea level.
    Driving to the dead sea from Jerusalem you'll see small and big signs telling you in what height you are.... till you'll get to the dead sea.

    More details about the dead sea you can find in this website: http://www.deadsea.co.il/ENA/Index.html

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    Masada - Movie Siege Engine

    by Martin_S. Written Mar 16, 2004

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    Masada movie siege engine, Masada, Israel

    Favorite thing: Here Kfir, Or, Racheli and I are standing in front of the remnants of one of the siege engines that the film makers built to make the film Masada. With my beard they wanted me to have a part in the film, but I could not arrange it with my work schedule, so I missed being a film "Star"....
    But this is only the lower third of the siege machine, I can only try to imagine how they pushed, pulled and dragged this enormous thing, filled with soldiers, up the long very, very steep incline (about 35-40 degrees incline) to the wall of Masada to lay siege to that wall.

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    Masada - Palace Wall Decoration

    by Martin_S. Written Mar 16, 2004

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    Wall Decoration in Northern Palace, Masada, Israel

    Favorite thing: This is one of the wall decorations found in the upper portion of the Northern Palace, just above the commanders home on the eastern side of the palace.
    The colors are very vibrant and alive even after 2,000 years, it is a great pity that much was destroyed when Masada was invaded by the Romans. The destruction continues even today, just recently (in 2003) a section of the wall was pryed out and stolen.

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    Masada - The Commanders Home

    by Martin_S. Written Mar 16, 2004

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    Commanders Home, Masada, Israel

    Favorite thing: This is a view into the military commanders home on top of Masada. As you can see it comprised several rooms, some which can be recognized as a cooking room and another as the "communal" room. Compared to modern western standards, a small home, but when you consider that many families lived then in a single room, then it becomes quite the "palace".

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    Masada: How to Visit.

    by Paul2001 Written Jan 1, 2004

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    The Dead Sea from Masada

    Favorite thing: I visited Masada on a daytrip by way of public bus from Jerusalem. It was about a ninety minute ride by bus to Masada from the Jerusalem bus station. You can also visit Masada easily from the Dead Sea resorts which you might be able to make out in the distance in this photo.

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    Float in the Sea!

    by Jackiekg Written Dec 4, 2003
    Floating in the Dead Sea

    Favorite thing: This photo was taken during my trip with my boyfriend (in the photo) to the Dead Sea at Ein Bokek. 400 meters (1300 ft.) below sea level, it is the lowest spot on earth.
    The water, ten times saltier than the Mediterranean Sea, has such a high specific weight that one can float effortlessly with no fear of drowning. The purifying qualities of salt, drawing toxins from the pores of the body, as well as the tremendous concentration of Bromine (20 times higher than in the ocean) has a relaxing effect on the nervous system; while Magnesium (15 times higher) counteracts skin allergies and clears the bronchial passages. In addition, the hot sulphur springs along the shores of the Dead Sea and the deposits of medicinal mud, provide treatment for a number of ailments, such as psoriasis, arthritis, rheumatism, dermatitis, eczema, neurodermatitis and vitiligo.
    We spent 4 days here and spent the time going to the hotel spa, taking treatments, sitting by the pool, walking to the few shops, (mostly selling cosmetics manufactured from minerals from the Dead Sea), and watching the hotel entertainment.
    This is a great place for taking things easy and taking treatments for the above mentioned skin problems etc.

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    A Bumpy Jeep Ride!

    by Jackiekg Updated Nov 28, 2003
    A Jeep In The Desert

    Favorite thing: This is my boyfriend Marvin (L) and myself (in the middle) with our guide from a jeep ride we took into the Judean Desert. My sister and her husband and another couple were also with us. The beginning of the ride was from the Dead Sea (VirtualTourist has not yet included this place), which is the lowest point on earth. We travelled along the shore of the Dead Sea and entering the desert we had a lovely view of the Amiaz Plain. After crossing the plain we ascended Mt. Sodom. The trip took us through a wadi cut right into the white chalk rock. We also entered a "Flour Cave" through a narrow crack in the wall worn away by the lapping of the river. This happened thousands of years ago and the river bed is now dry. It was pitch dark inside, but, of course, the guide had a torchlight. From one viewpoint we looked across the Dead Sea to Jordan. Although I really enjoyed the places we went to and saw, I was not very enthralled with travelling in a jeep, but all you adventure lovers would love it.

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    Masada - western palace mosaic

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Masada, western palace mosaic, Israel

    Favorite thing: Most of the palaces and buildings were destroyed by the Romans and by later people who occupied the site, but here and there you can find bits and pieces that give you a hint of the beauty that once rose over the Dead Sea here at Masada. This piece of floor from the western palace gives you a good idea of what a room covered in these designs might have looked like.

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    Masada - bathhouse floor detail

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Masada, bathhouse floor detail, Israel

    Favorite thing: The Romans were great for doing things in style. Here they built a bathhouse in the middle of the desert with no supply of water except for the rainfall (80mm per year or about 3"). They built huge water collection channels to funnel the water into cisterns to provide water for bathing and even a swimming pool. But here you can see the floor in the "caldarium" or hot room (there was also a "tepiderium" - lukewarm and a "fridgidarium" - cold room). It has a double floor where the hot water can run under the room to heat it and also on the wall you see pipes running up the side to carry the steam along the walls. All the walls and floors were covered with mosaics, usually of beautiful geometric designs.

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    Masada - northern palace (model)

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Masada, northern palace model, Israel

    Favorite thing: This is a model of Herod's northern palace. Why northern you ask, well because there is a Western one also. Herod built the northern palace on three levels as you can see. The upper level was on the very top of the mountain, while the lower levels dip about 50 meters down and access is along a staircase that runs alongside the mountain. Not for those who have a fear of heights.

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    Masada - storerooms

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Masada, storage rooms, Israel

    Favorite thing: When Herod built Masada (or rather his slaves) he made sure that there would be plenty of everything, including storage space (wish I had as much in MY HOME). The complex of storage rooms is huge. You can see there some of the pots used to store grain and olive oil. You can also see the bathhouse on the right, the larger structure with the fence on top.

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    Masada - the access ramp

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Masada, the cable car access, Israel

    Favorite thing: The original occupants of Masada had to make a difficult and dangerous trek up the side of a mountain to get there. Today you can use a wheelchair. From the new cablecar you have an access ramp and on top of the mountain you have access walks to almost all spots. You can see the new ramp on the top right of the picture and in the left you can see in the background the Dead Sea and also get an idea of the height. While the Dead Sea is over 400 meters below sea level, Masada stands over the surrounding plain by about 100 meters or so, impressive when you stand at the base.

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