Masada National Park, Masada

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Originally built as a fortress by King Herod and now designated as a World Heritage Site, Masada National Park famously provided the setting for a Roman siege of Jewish rebels in 73 CE. The fortress, built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert, includes palaces, granaries, and a synagogue. According to the ancient historian Josephus' account, 960 Jews who escaped there during the Jewish-Roman War in 70 CE committed mass suicide rather than fall prey to their Roman captors. You can ascend and descend the mountain to tour the fortress either by walking a narrow steep path or by riding the cable car. Arrange your visit to Masada National Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Masada using our Masada day trip planning site.
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  • To get to Masada from Jerusalem I took a bus from the main bus terminal in Jerusalem. I purchased a round trip ticket but you can use smart card as well. I went in February and was lucky enough to...  more »
  • We spend hours wandering the fortress before walking down the snake path. We cheated and took the cable car up as I didn't think the kids could manage the walk both ways. They loved running around...  more »
  • Great sight with lots of history and exciting hiking trails. The runners path is recommended. Lots of tourism groups running around but you can get some information from their guides by listening.
  • Nice historical place to visit. 2000 years old!! Cable cars are well maintained. Trekking part is very fun. If you're planning to trek, wear light weighted!
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