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Masada Fortress - Walk up if you must!
The fortress of Masada is on the top of a plateau near the Dead Sea. The construction is amazing, especially considering how long ago it was made. It put me in mind of the Pyramids of Egypt. You can actually walk up the mountain (over 900 steps) which can be very hot and very tiring. I did not attempt. I took the tram. Masada (Modern Hebrew for "fortress") is in the Southern District of Israel situated 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. How almost any significant amount of troops got to the top of the mountain to overcome almost 1,000 people there is mind boggling and almost inconceivable. As my guide and another traveler enjoyed AFAR while taking a shade break, I discovered the deal/mood breaker - the McDonalds/food court at the top of the mountain!
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