Rte. 90, Judean Dessert 17 Sep
In 40 BCE Herod and his family fled to Masada when his life was in danger. Herod built a fortress on Masada with the intention of protecting his kingdom from outside enemies, and also to protect him from the enemies within.
Later, during the Great Revolt in 66 CE, the last of the Jewish Rebels entrenched themselves at Masada, an isolated plateau on a clifftop in the Judean Desert. The rebels on Masada were joined by the last of those who had left Jerusalem, including Eleazar Ben Yair, who became commander of the mountain. After the Romans conquered Jerusalem they went to Masada to eradicate the remaining rebels. The Romans circled the mountain for several months and laid siege. When the rebels realized there was no hope they chose death over enslavement.
Over the years archeological digs uncovered remnants and interesting artifacts from the Roman era.
Atop the plateau, the Northern Palace, the Lots Room, the commandant’s office, the Bathouse, and the Southern Cistern were all uncovered. The Western Palace, the largest building on Masada, was built by Herod. The magnificent mosaic floor is still visible in one of the rooms. There is also a synagogue atop Masada. Remains of the biblical scrolls were found in pits found in a room. There are a collection of articles from the time of the Revolt was found.
Visitors can either take the cable car up the mountain or hike up via the Snake path. It takes about an hour to hike up and a half hour to hike down. The views of the Dead Sea are magnificent.
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Posted: September 17, 2017
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Some 18 km south of Ein Gedi-Route 90
Last entry to the park is one hour before closing time.
Sunday – Thursday: 8 am – 5 pm
Fridays and the eve of holidays – 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday – Thursday: 8 am – 4 pm
Fridays and the eve of holidays – 8 am – 3 pm
On the eve of holidays, 8 am – 1 pm
Eastern entry plaza (entrance fee and cable car in both directions):
Adult: NIS 74, Child: NIS 42
Group: Adult: NIS 69, child: NIS 39
Students: NIS 63
Entrance fee and cable car in one direction:
Adult: NIS 56, child: NIS 28
Group (over 30): Adult: NIS 51, child: NIS 28
Students: NIS 48
Snake Path/Roman Rampart (Ascent on foot-from first light):
Adult: NIS 28, child: NIS 14
Group (over 30): Adult :NIS 23, child: NIS 13
Students: NIS 24
Approximate Distance from:
Jerusalem: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Tel Aviv: 2 hours
Tiberias: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Average Time Spent at this Location: 3 hours