If you like archeology and fascinating history, then Masada is perfect for you. The site is a palace/fortress that was built by Herod the Great, who was the local ruler appointed by Rome.
The palace was fortified between the years 37-31 B.C.E. It sits on a high plateau in the desert overlooking the Dead Sea. A great location…
The main story relating to the place is that of the great Jewish revolt against the Romans. That happened about 40 years after Jesus was crucified. About 960 Jews took over this fortress. The Roman army surrounded them, and the Jews decided to take their own life rather than surrender to the Romans.
The ruins of the palace were partially
restored. For example, you can find some beautiful frescoes (water color
murals) in Herod’s palace. There is also a great museum on site that
tells the story above.
To reach the palace you can either walk or take the cable car. My advice to you: unless you are in good shape, take the cable car. Having said that, if you don't mind walking uphill then climbing the mountain can be a lot of fun.
If you ever wanted to visit an oasis, Ein Gedi is where it's at. This site is a kibbutz and a nature reserve. It is very close to the Dead Sea shoreline, and in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful spots in Israel. Ein Gedi has a 5,000 year history of inhabitants, and it is mentioned in the bible as the place David was hiding from King Saul.
So, what can you do in Ein Gedi?
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