This photo gives you a general feel of what the mountaintop of Masada looks like from above. One has to be very patient while touring the site as the fascinating mosaics are scattered about quite abit. The site is also full of tour groups that crowd some of the remains of ruins.
You can also see the overcast that occured during my visit. Oddly enough although Masada is in the desert, this was only one of two days in which I was rained upon during my 34 day tour of the Middle East.
I understand that this is suppose to be the ramp that Romans used to eventually storm the fortifications of Masada. This must have been a very difficult task considering the heat of the hot Palestine sun and for the fact that Jewish defenders were shooting arrows and other projectiles at the workers while they toiled away.
Masada is a great place to see many beautiful Jewish mosaics. There are several well preserved mosaics scattered about the mountain top. As preservasion is extremely important and in a constant case of development, it is illegal to remove even the smallest pebble from the site.
lol.. one of the great things at the dead sea is the healthy Mud that people can use to put all over the body.
This Mud known to be very helpful to many skin problems and diseases.
Besides the good impact on the skin and body its really fun, dont miss this !
The lower place in the world.
A place with no life in it... only salt... but beautiful and sorounded by a very beautiful area !
When entering the water you should walk slowly as the ground is very slippery, Also be very slow and careful when in the water, if the water gets to your eyes or to others that is not going to be fun if to say that gently !!!!
Forget all what you knew untill this experience, this water arent any close to be like any other sea or ocean you have been swimming in.
Now take your paper or book and enjoy your
An incredible drainage system and water supply on this fortress to provide something so necesary as water, that finalise in this undeground cisterns.
In this dry climate, they never suffered of problems of water.
One example is that while the Roman soldiers were down suffering in the heat, the Jewish zealots had plenty of water not only for drinking, also for baths and swimmingpools.
They used to capture water from the mountain and guided unto cisterns around all the natural fortress.
The entire border of Masada was enclosed by Herod with a casemate wall.
A double wall with the inner space divided into rooms.
We are now talking of about 70 rooms, 30 defensive towers and 4 decorated gates founded on the walling around 13.000 m of wall
There is a very well marked trail that leads around the base of Masada and on it you can visit several of the camps the Romans built while the XII Legion was stationed as a siege army. They built a wall several feet high completly around Masada that you can still see. The picture shows the view looking from Masada toward the west into the setting sun.
Masada's largest building, constructed by Herod, to be a winter palace.
Contains many rooms and installations, and was a self-sufficient unit. Colored mosaic pavement with circles and border ornaments of plant and geometric designs were found here in the archaeological excavations.
Obviously if you're spending a day in Massada you cant skip the experience of floating in the dead sea.
Along the road that leads to Massada (roda 90) and further south to En Bokek area you will see signs that leads to beaches most of them are beaches that has showers and other srvices and therefore it cost to get it. If you'll go further south to the Hotels area you'll find a few beaches to enjoy with no admission.
However make sure to floate only in the areas where its allowed !
The synagogue was built by Herod. It is a hall 12.5m by 10.5m in size that was incorporated into the walls of the fortress. The synagogue had four tiers of benches that surrounded the perimeter walls and were built of plaster. The ceiling was held up by columns. The synagogue is considered to be an excellent example of the synagogues common during the time of Jesus.
Just recently Masada has opened a new museum to showcase some of the finds from this important site. Till now there was only a small wooden structure that held a few of the items found here, the vast majority were held in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Today you can tour the Masada Museum and see what was found here. The displays hold everything from dinner ware to enormous jars used for storage, like those you can see by our friend Guy. The last presentation shows a series of pottery shards that have some Hebrew names inscribed on them, they represent the last survivors on Masada. There are also some sculptures to show the way life might have been, from the stone mason working on a column, to the workers laying mosaic tiles.
When you enter the museum you get a head phone that explains what it is you are seeing as you walk the path.
There are numerous storeroom located in Masada that you can explore. The one that you see in this photo would have been used to store food stuffs during the siege. At that time wooden beams would have been laid out across the small stone supports that you see here. Some of the storerooms still held food inside when the Romans captured the fortress. This was an apparent attempt by the Zeolots that they did not suffer from a lack of food.
One of the most spectacular things in this area is the sunrise over the dead sea.
Something very powerful and spiritual.
You , alone , without civilization.
The desert is something else for me - the urban guy.
Relax , find a good spot for this (maybe a mountain) and enjoy.
On the way to Massada If you're driving from Jerusalem down to the dead sea in Road 90 you'll see many beduin camps. At some points you'll see Beduin just waiting out there ready to take visitors for a trip on his Camel.
If you haven't experienced then thats the time, Just make sure to Have a hat with you and dont go without your water, in this area it takes just a bit for one to burn the skin and dehydrate.