Masada Travel Guide

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Masada Things to Do

  • Michele (jadedmuse) visits Masada

    We took Michele (jadedmuse) and David to visit what may be the most famous site in Israel after the Western Wall (wailing wall) in Jerusalem.The first picture shows Michele (very pregnant) taking one of many photos on Masada.The second picture shows us on the stairs that descend into the largest of the many cisterns used to store water to sustain...

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  • Valley floor fortifications

    What makes the achievements of Masada even more extraordinary is that the horst was completely surrounded by walls on the valley floor.Northing remains of the walls themselves, but what becomes very apparent from the cable car and view points at the top are the foundations of the supporting tours. Foundations of some seven towers/encampments can be...

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  • Byzantine Church

    Standing fairly central in the complex as a whole, which was of course added much later before being destroyed by the earthquake.

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  • Small Palaces

    At the southern end of the site, Herod built a number of small guest palaces (some never completed) built in the traditional style of rooms off a central courtyard. They likely housed middle-ranking visitors and administrators of the site and possibly senior military staff.

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  • Western Palace

    The Western Palace is Masada's largest structure. It contained living quarters, guard rooms, reception rooms, bathing rooms, storage, kitchens as well as the public immersion pool.The tower att he northern end of the complex provides views down onto the bathing complex and reception room where mosaics have been uncovered.

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  • Columbarium Towers

    The twin towers, slightly to the north of the ramp were dual purpose - as look out towers across the Wadi and encroaching hills and dovecots, where pigeons were raised as messengers as well as for food. And ever practical, their droppings were used as fertiliser.

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  • The Ramp

    The natural landform that enabled the Romans to build the ramp to reclaim Masada from the Sacarii now forms the west entrance (via Arad and the Negev Desert).At 90 metres, this 'side' of the horst is the lowest from the desert floor, with the landform decreasing its safety distance. Using Jewish slaves to avoid attack from above, the Romans inched...

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  • Synagogue

    After the northern 'end', Masada becomes much more spread out with ruins dotted around the site. The western perimeter, overlooking the Roman ramp that provided access for the troops to recapture the fortress is the 'normal' route, via one of the oldest synagogues in Israel and spectacular views.The synagogue itself is small and over-renovated with...

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  • The Look Out Tower

    Built at the edge of the Store Room Complex (and one of the first buildings you see when you first enter the Masada site) the Look Out Tower is the tallest remaining building. It would have provided guards extra height to not only look out beyond the walls to the valley and nearby mountainous terrain, but also to watch over the complex itself. Less...

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Masada Restaurants

  • Food court at museum complex

    Friendly old man at parking place, who just inspected our boot, welcomed us in Russian with strong Odessa accent. "You can visit museum and then you can eat something. We have very good restaurants and even a MacDonalds. But this is only if you want to. Nobody will force you.":-) Who have been to Odessa will understand me!

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  • Avoid the restaurant in the Masada...

    I would avoid this place because it was really expensive ( buffet style, so they weighed portions). Food was not particularly good, not really bad , but not good. I would grab something along the way instead of eating here. Its terribly overpriced as well.

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  • sit and to think about

    After a long visit in Massada specially if you are thirsty you can enjoy a cafe or better some orange juices in the area

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  • Ein Gedi Kibbutz

    Ein Gedi is an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, some 400 m. below sea level. Extreme heat and aridity prevail in this desert region throughout most of the year. But perennial fresh water springs (Ein is Hebrew for spring) flow down from the high cliffs of the Judean Desert and have made permanent settlement and...

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  • En gedi Inn - Pundak En gedi

    The En gedi Inn is a nice restaurant with air conditioning on the road for families or groups.When we came it was passover (a jewish holiday) so we didnt came to eat here and brought our own kosher food.

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  • If you miss fast food near the dead sea

    If you miss the taste of fast food you can always go to the mall on En Boqeq (called petra mall) and enjoy Mcdonalds. I dont like Mcdonalds but they dont have a variety of choices so i guess you can eat their hamburger.

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Masada Nightlife

  • Nightlife in the dead sea area

    You dont have a lot of options for nightlife in this area.Dont try to leave your hotel's area because this is still a desert and you can fall or find a dangerous animal (leopard , snake).You can enjoy in your hotel's lobby or sit outside and enjoy the desert silence. The desert can be very cold place during the night so i think you should take...

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  • Meeting Margozata

    The youth hostel at the base of Masada might not provide much "night life", but we found a fun life of our own when we met with Margozata (magor65) who came to visit Israel with a group from Poland. We met her and a few others in her group (you can see Margozata,me and her friend, and it does look like at least ONE of us was having a good time) and...

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  • Night life animal ?

    One thing that you wont find in this area is night life, people come to this area to rest, to treat their body an to relax.... nothing to do around at nights except for going down to the Lobby at the hotel to have some drinks, listen to some music and chat.

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Masada Transportation

  • Walk the snakepath

    Walk the path the Romans walked......many do this at sunset or sunrise to see the beautiful views. The snakepath has little railings and doesnt look bad to walk, but will take longer, so allow some time to walk that way.

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  • Transportation up the mountain

    Transportation up the mountain is basically a ski lift... When i visited masada in 2006, the lift was fairly new. Its huge and can fit a lot of people inside and people like me who are afraid of heights are ok in here because it is so large and it has seats. It has tremendous views as well.

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  • The "Snake Path" to Masada

    Quite a few visitors enjoy taking the cable car up to Masada and walking back down on The Snake Path. The admission fees cover a roundtrip on the cable car with admission, just going up using the cable car and admission, or just admission. The Snake Path which is a moderate walk and takes about 45 to 50 minutes. It is advised to visit Masada early...

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Masada Local Customs

  • Float in the dead sea water

    A lot of people come to see the dead sea and to float in the water.A well known custom is to read a news paper in the water while someone else is taking your picture.

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  • Watch the sunset and sunrise over the...

    A lot of people (like me) come very early in the morning to see the sunrise over the dead sea and also a lot come to see the sunset.the view here is beautiful , magical.

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  • Dead sea mud

    A lot of people buy dead sea mud , cover their body with the mud and after a few minutes go into the water.

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Masada Warnings and Dangers

  • HOT HOT HOT -

    Masada, beign out in the desert, is quite obviously HOT!You really have to take care. There is a route to walk up there, but I do advise the cable car. DO NOT forget to take plenty of water. Sounds obvious, but really it's good advice, and the local sales of water is very high priced.

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  • Good Samaritans are not always...

    While in the Navy, I stopped in Israel several times. (well, the whole ship did, I just happened to be aboard her when she did. *grin*)One of the trips inspired 8 of us to rent 2 cars and go sight seeing. We had driven up almost the length of the Dead Sea and had visited Masada. We had gotten a recommendation of a very good restaurant in Jericho...

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  • Weather in the desert

    During the night it can be very cold in the desert so i suggest that you will take some warm clothes with you if you want to be outside during the night.Also beware of snakes , scorpions and other good "friends"

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Masada What to Pack

  • What to Bring With You To Masada

    Comfortable shoes (preferably hiking boots or a good pair of tennis shoes)a good pair of sunglasses Camera or videorecorder Windbreaker, depending on the time of year (it can get a bit breezy up on the mountaintop, especially if it's early morning or late in the afternoon) Bring or buy water

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  • Walking equipment for the trails

    You need good walking shoes , hat , a lot of water , walking stick is good for unstable rocks , a map of the area.

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Masada Off The Beaten Path

  • Find the southern water cistern

    Most often at Masada, people visit the northern palace, the bathhouse, the commanders quarters, the beit kenneset and the western palace....well make the effort to walk to the far southwest corner of the mountain and search for the entrance to the cistern. If you catch it in the morning you may find a beam of light entering and if no people have...

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  • Masada - The Byzantine Church

    During the fifth century, a small groups of monks lived on Masada. This religious settlement was part of a process that was occurring all over the Judean Desert and other deserts of the region throughout the Byzantine period. The monks dwelt in small cells contrived among the ruins of the buildings on the mountain. Some also lived in the caves...

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  • On the way Down to the Dead Sea..

    If you're coming from Arad (which would most likely would mean that you have been at Martin's :-P ) Look at the amazing landscapes and the dead sea which you can see between the mountains. There are a few view stops so you can use them to enjoy the landscpaes and to photograph.

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  • Polona, Igor and baby Marko visit Masada

    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....

    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. Now I was hired, or...

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  • Weather

    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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