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31st October, 2012

Located two hours from Jerusalem (via bus), Masada is a 400 metre plateau that houses the ruins of a great fortress built by Herod the Great in 37 BCE.

Words and pictures are unlikely to do justice to the dramatic experience that Masada provides. We decided to walk up to the summit (perhaps foolishly considering the 30-degree-plus heat) rather than use the cable car. The views across the southern tip of the Dead Sea and Salt Ponds across to Jordan are simply breathtaking.

Masada has a dramatic story to tell too that makes it particularly significant to Jews. Following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans, a group of extremist Jews fled to Masada. After sieging the fortress for months, the Romans eventually reached the summit, only to find that the 960 Jews had committed a mass suicide rather than be captured.

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