By Eyal Feldman
Boy Butter Blog
On our tour of Israel's south we managed to float in the Dead Sea and walk among the ruins of Masada. Masada is a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day. Instead of allowing themselves to be enslaved by the Romans, most of the fervent rebel Jewish community chose mass suicide than to lose their freedom and be murdered and have their children sold into slavery. The outcome of the Jewish-Roman wars that led to the destruction of the ancient kingdom of Israel and led to the dispersion of the stateless Jewish people throughout the world from that point on for 19 centuries. There is a beautiful Museum which operates a cable car to take you up the top of the mountain while the more adventurous can hike up the Snake Path on the eastern side of the mountain takes around 30-45 minutes and is considered part of the "Masada experience," a cable car operates at the site for those who wish to avoid the physical exertion like Brendan and myself. Well, it was too warm and sunny for that hike, I'm married to a sweet Irish rose and he might have wilted in the desert sun.Photos
A tractor moving a huge mountain of salt at the Dead Sea works factory
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