Masada Travel Guide

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Masada Things to Do

  • Masada Fortress

    This palatial fortress in the style of the ancient Roman East, was built by the king of Judea, Herod. It was the last bastion of Jewish freedom fighters against the Romans.This archaelogical place was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.Opening Hours/Cable Car08:00 - 16:00/17:00Admission FeeNIS 29Cable car FeeNIS 29 (one way)NIS 47...

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  • Masada archeological site

    For me (as a visitor) Masada is impressive mainly because of its location and not because of any sentimental connection I guess jews have. It's a breathtaking rock plateau overlooking the Dead Sea with steep cliffs that used to house the ancient fortification. Don’t forget to take a hat, sunscreen and water bottle with you as the sun was a killer...

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  • Masada museum, video and Light Show

    Unfortunately the Masada Museum (where the Visitors Center is) was closed and couldn’t check inside and see the archaeological findings. But before we take the cable car we watched a nice 10’ long video about Masada which sets you nicely into the history of the place and its tragic final events when the Jewish defenders decided to commit...

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  • 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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Masada Nightlife

  • 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

  • how to go there

    Masada is located 20km S of Ein Gedi, 16km N of En Bokek, 100km SE of Jerusalem, 160km SE of Tel Aviv.by car you can drive there through Road 90 that runs down along the Dead Sea coast. There’s a big parking to leave the car and then walk up (you can hike through the path or take the lift which still requires some walk until you reach the ticket...

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  • cable car

    The easiest way to reach the archaeological site of Masada is via the cable car that is located on the east side of the horst (close to the Dead Sea). The bus dropped us off the parking lot and then we had to walk up to the entrance (where the ticket booth and the museum is anyway).There’s one every 10’ so it never really gets packed and I had...

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  • snake path

    If you don’t want to go up to Masada site by the cable car you can hike along the snake path! Although it will take more time it’s a good way to save some money as you don’t have to pay for this (but still you have to pay for the park fee 29nis). Some people take the cable car up and then walk down through the snake path.But the snake path is the...

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Masada Shopping

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    what to shop in Masada: what to shop in Masada

    by mindcrime Written Aug 8, 2014

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    The souvenir store inside the main building is strategically located so you’ll pass anyway on your way out ;)

    Usually I try to skip such places but obviously it was great to be here after walking under the sun :) There are many things to buy, books about Masada and other attractions in Israel, numerous T-shirts (especially those with the quote Masada Shall Not Fall Again), postcards, souvenirs etc but also snacks and soft drinks that many people appreciated after the tour in the archaeological site…

    tshirts in Masada Masada wine

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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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  • Torch Needed

    If as we did you walk up in the dark, remember to take a torch with you (unlike us!). Take plenty of water too. I am sure during normal open hours you can get drinks at the top, but not before dawn.

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Masada What to Pack

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    What to Bring With You To Masada

    by jadedmuse Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes (preferably hiking boots or a good pair of tennis shoes)

    a good pair of sunglasses

    Photo Equipment: Camera or videorecorder

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 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)

    Miscellaneous: Bring or buy water

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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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