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Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.

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Up well before dawn, we trekked up the mountain side in time to watch the sun rise over the mountains while we had our breakfast. A truly unforgettable experience no matter what time you go (trails are closed in the afternoon due to the heat). Explore the city on a hill and gaze at the remains of the roman siegeworks, a ramp on one side of the mountain leading down to the land below. Take the cable car back down before it gets too hot, though.

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