Masada National Park

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Masada, Israel

Masada National Park Reviews

camwilde camwilde
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Masada National Park Oct 27, 2012
We did Masada as part of a tour and we felt VERY rushed. There is tons to explore here and we could have spent at least 5 or 6 hours here.

Masada is a fortress built by King Herod which he used as defense and as a fortified palace. He was basically a foreign king to the Jews and was thus very wary of all (Jews and Roman). It was also a place of retreat for a group of people during the Roman conquest of Israel. It was finally surrounded and when the Romans entered, they had found that everyone (except a couple of women and children) has committed suicide (fathers killed their families and then themselves).

To get up the hill, you can go one of two routes. There is an air trolley which costs extra and a snake trail you can hike. We took the air trolley (came with the tour) but I wish I could have hiked the trail (it looked fun).

Once we got up, there was tons to explore. This is where we felt really rushed. It was nice having the explanation though but we had to hurry to stay on schedule. The displays are well put together and the scenery off the mountain is gorgeous.

Once you get back down to the Visitor Center, you go through a Gift Shop and through the Restaurant.
Masada National Park
Hanging out on the walls of Masada
Riding the Cable Car up to Masada
Cable Car
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