June 13, 2019 all-day
Masada Isreal

Masada (Hebrew: “fortress”) is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau akin to a mesa. It is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea 20 km (12 mi) east of Arad. .

Herod the Great built two palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE.

According to Josephus, the siege of Masada by Roman troops at the end of the first Jewish-Roman War ended in the mass suicide of 960 people, the Sicarii rebels and their families who were hiding there.

Masada is one of Israel’s most popular tourist sites.   I’ll be visiting Masada and the Dead Sea on a one day tour with gay travel agency Outstanding Travel.  This will be my 6th UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.  Look for many pictures from Masada and the Dead Sea as I continue to explore the world with my camera.