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Sunrise over the Dead Sea from wilderness of Judea, taken between 1898 and 1946, Library of Congress

Sunrise over the Dead Sea from wilderness of Judea, taken between 1898 and 1946, Library of Congress

Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel, on top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. The Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire towards the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of the 960 Jewish rebels and their families hiding there.

Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel, on top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. The Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire towards the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of the 960 Jewish rebels and their families hiding there.

Top 5 Beaches in Israel: The Essential Ocean-Lover's Guide by TheCultureTrip.com, click on the picture for a full list. Photo courtesy of Ruby Box

The Must-Visit Beaches In Israel

Top 5 Beaches in Israel: The Essential Ocean-Lover's Guide by TheCultureTrip.com, click on the picture for a full list. Photo courtesy of Ruby Box

The Dead Sea coastline.  The Dead Sea borders Jordan, Palestine and Israel.  Because of high salt content, it feels like you are floating even when swimming.  Photo: Nickolay Vinokurov

The Dead Sea coastline. The Dead Sea borders Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Because of high salt content, it feels like you are floating even when swimming. Photo: Nickolay Vinokurov

Dead Sea, Israel. The water is so clear, so pretty. and the rock formations are really lovely.

Dead Sea, Israel. The water is so clear, so pretty. and the rock formations are really lovely.

Oasis at Ein Gedi, Israel  This is where King David would go to hide an spend time with God

Oasis at Ein Gedi, Israel This is where King David would go to hide an spend time with God

Shrine of the Book ~ Jerusalem, Israel  with an exhibit of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Shrine of the Book ~ Jerusalem, Israel with an exhibit of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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