Traveling Through Masada's Desert Fortress

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The perfect day trip from Tel Aviv is combining a visit to Masada and the Dead Sea. From Tel Aviv, the Judean Desert-Dead Sea area is approximately a two hour scenic drive.

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With beautiful varying landscapes such as natural springs, fields and valleys, wadis and deserts and mountains, the breathtaking scenery will make the drive to Masada pass by quickly!

Just north of the Dead Sea atop a rocky mountain sits the desert fortress of Masada.

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Surrounded by steep cliffs and breathtaking views of the Dead Sea and the Judean desert, the isolated flattop rock of Masada blends in to the burnt-orange desert landscape.

Masada holds so much history and archeological wonder, it is amazing to stand atop this mountain and revel in the history before you!

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King Herod the Great, who reigned over Israel in the 1st century BC, built this 18-acre site atop the more than 1,400-feet high mountain in the Judean Desert.

History of Masada:

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Herod and his engineers built a dam in the valley below Masada so that reservoir water could be transported up to cisterns in the fortress.

If you are going to hike the paths, take plenty of water, wear a hat and sunscreen, and start the trail in the early morning before the heat of the day.

Tips for your visit to Masada:

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