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  • Masada
  • Masada
  • Masada



Next to the Dead Sea appears an oval-shaped flat-topped mesa, and a mountain surrounded by a virtual sheer drop.  This site, unlike the rest of the landscape, was secure for King Herod to build himself a palace fortress in which he could retire in the case of emergency. The splendour of Masada was epic.  A sheer marvel of engineering that used artificial water courses to channel the desert’s rare rainfall into large cisterns where, despite the 120-degree heat, they could make and store ice.