Har Meẕada

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  • Day6


    November 14, 2017 in Israel

    I won't go into the whole tragic story of Masada here (you can google it), but suffice it to say that this place has a weight that goes beyond the story of a Jewish revolt. It is a place of inspiration for heart, mind and soul. One look over the edge of the cliff to the Dead Sea below and you're filled with a sense of the vastness of this place. Some brave souls opted for the hike up the "Snake Path" and were given the sense of the impenetrability of the fortress. Some of us walked through the chambers that Herod built, but rarely used, and were struck with the lavishness of the accommodations. All of us saw the balls of stone hurled by the Romans and were struck by the weight of importance of this placeRead more

  • Day22


    May 28, 2015 in Israel

    Today we spent the morning at Masada. For those who don't know the story, it really is something to behold. Masada is a place that the people of Israel hold close to their hearts. The cry of the modern nation of Israel is "Masada will never happen again." The year was 67 AD, a few decades after the death of Christ and just as the early church was getting their feet underneath them. The story of Masada shows the lengths that Rome was willing to go to in order to control the Jewish population.

    Masada was a fortress that was originally built up by Herod the Great. Herod was a psychotic, brilliant and prolific personality in ancient times. His imagination for building was second to none. Masada was one of several great fortresses that he built. However, over time, this fortress fell into hands of others, including a group of Jewish rebels.

    These rebels secured themselves at the fortress of Masada. The Romans moved heaven and earth to penetrate the fortress and finally, around the year 73 AD, they gained entrance to the stronghold only to find that all of the inhabitants had committed suicide or killed each other. This ancient site is evidence of the lengths that Rome was willing to go and the extreme opposition that Jews were willing to offer to resist Roman rule.
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  • Day4

    Masada & The Dead Sea

    June 29, 2017 in Israel

    Out early today for our visit to desert mountain fortress of Masada and float in the Dead Sea. We get perspective early on, with realisation that Jerusalem is an oasis in the desert. A distinct change in the landscape once on the other side of Jerusalem Mountain range. Rocky inhospitable mountainous desert as far as you can see. Then a blue expanse of water 400+ m. below sea level. Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink. At least 10 times the salt of ordinary sea water. Date trees don't seem to mind it though. Masada, a desert fortress on the top of a mountain. Incredible! Next, off for a float in the Dead Sea. Warmest water I have ever been in for a swim and it's like wearing a buoyancy vest when in fact you are not.Read more

  • Day20


    October 26, 2017 in Israel

    Today we left Jerusalem & headed south to Beersheba with a stop at Masada & a swim in the Dead Sea along the way. However, before beginning our journey, we held a wreath laying service at Mt Scopus cemetary (Jerusalem) where our band played a beautiful tribute & our group were able to reflect on the sacrifices made by New Zealanders & Australians in WWI. Mt Scopus is to the Middle East what Lone Pine is to Gallipoli & Villers-Bretonneux is to France & Belgium. It was a very moving, beautiful service.
    After battling the morning traffic in Jerusalem, we were on our way heading along the coastline (& boy was it beautiful) of the Dead Sea towards Masada Fortress - the most visited site in Israel (outside of Jerusalem)! Our guide, Zel, told us about how much the water level has receded over the years & the problem that has been created with sinkholes occuring due to underground freshwater springs. Approximately 40 minutes later we could see the mountain that held the ancient fortress, separated from the mountainous ridgeline surrounding it. We caught a cable car up to the top as the heat in this arid, desert-like area was already at about 34°C & made it too hot for most of the group to contemplate walking up, via the zigzagged path that lead to the top.
    The view from the top; it was phenomenal! You could see for miles in every direction. The ruins were amazing and spread from one side to the other of the diamond shaped plateau - they really were completely self sufficient & very civilised on the mountaintop, thousands of years ago. There was remanents of grain store houses, mosaic baths & even a three tiered palace built into the side of one end!
    We had enough of the hot, dry heat up there after about an hour or so & made our way back down to the bottom (via cable car again) for a refreshing lunch before heading off to cool down in the Dead Sea.
    The Dead Sea - what an incredible experience! Even walking in the water was a struggle. Your legs are so buoyant due to the salt content. It was difficult even to right yourself after floating on your back. Those who cannot swim would have no problem here as it is impossible to sink 😁. We felt fantastic afterwards!
    Another hour down the road, & after driving up out of the valley back to above sea level, we reached our final destination - Beersheba; where Australian & New Zealand flags are displayed with Israeli flags on every light post along the main roads.
    Our bed at the Leonardo Hotel was welcome relief tonight!
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  • Day4


    April 30, 2013 in Israel

    So aber haben zumindest wir drei die Chance noch Massada zu besichtigen, den "Schicksalsberg" der Juden.

    Als jüdische Festung von den Römern belagert, begingen die Bewohner der Festung kurz vor dem finalen Sturm der Römer kollektiven Selbstmord. Die Belagerungslager der Römer sind auch heute noch in ihren Umrissen am Fusse von Massada zu sehen. "Massada darf nie wieder fallen" mit diesem Satz werden israelische Rekruten heute auf dem Berg vereidigt.

    Der Weg auf die unterste Terrasse des Nordpalastes ist anstrengend und schweißtreibend, der Rückweg noch mehr, hat sich aber gelohnt.

    Ein grandioser Ausblick bis zum Toten Meer, uralte Mosaiken und Wandmalereien, das Badehaus von Herodes mitten in der Wüste...
    Und das alles während die Sonne erbarmungslos auf uns hernieder
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  • Day2


    May 26, 2017 in Israel

    Upp 02:45 och iväg. Upphämtad 03:15 av Abraham Tours nära Jaffa Gate och sen österut och söderut längs Döda Havet till Masada.
    Väl där (04:45) gick vi uppför Snake Path, en vindlande stig längs klippsidan. Rätt så jobbigt men väl värt det. Soluppgång och sen utforskade jag toppen och ruinerna där. Coolast var helt klart Northern Palace som låg i tre terasser på klippspetsen. Det var mer ruiner här än jag hade trott faktiskt. Imponerande var också den ramp som romarna byggde för att komma upp på klippan.Read more

  • Day14


    December 28, 2017 in Israel

    Lunch in the cafeteria, amazing food and an awesome view up the mountain, looking up the epic snake trail. So the word went around the group to at least run back down the mountain... after eating bread, hommus, snitzel, meat balls, chicken legs and a lack of salad Jared decided to come round and tempt the idea to walk/run up the mountain.

    What sounded like a fantastic plan ended in a shaking body and hands as I type this out listening to Effie explain that 'Honey' in the bible when it stares it was flowing with it, was in fact Date Honey.

    Masada was a strategic fort that looked after the road, that went from South to the North. It was a road for trade and whoever owned Masada owned the road for trade of all sorts.

    King Herod turned the mountain top into a huge palace/fortress.
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  • Day8

    Masada + Mŕtve more

    November 23, 2017 in Israel

    Masada je nad Mŕtvym morom na nej bola vystavaná luxusná komplexná pevnosť. Na vrchu sa našlo niekoľko menších pevností, sklady s materiálom na niekoľko rokov, nádrží, kúpeľné domy, paláce, synagógy a obradné kúpele, stromy a zeleň. Toto miesto dal postaviť cca 36 pred Kristom Herodes Veľký s jediným úzkym kľukatým chodníkom.
    Tu sa zhromaždili židovskí vzbúrenci proti Rimanom, keď sa v roku 70 po Kristovi pokúsili o posledný odpor. Zelóti pod vedením Eleazara ben Yahira tu boli tri roky obliehaní Rimanmi. Napriek tomu, že tam nie je prameň vody (mali premyslený systém zadržiavania dažďovej vody) vysmievali sa Rímskym vysmädnutým vojakom tým, že kvantá vody vylievali cez hradby... Nakoniec keď Rimania postavili rampu, našli všetkých vzbúrencov mŕtvych... uprednostnili smrť - ako slobodní ľudia, pred životom v rímskom zajatí.
    Našli sa tu zvitky Izaiáša.

    Mŕtve more
    Je to asi zvyšok mora po tektonickej činnosti. V tekutine sa nachádza soľ, magnézium, a najväčšia koncentrácia minerálov na svete. Každý rok sa zmenšuje cca 1m z brehu. Špekuluje sa o obnove (doviesť morskú vodu z Červeného mora). Dĺžka 70km, šírka 12-22km.

    - Štvorec v pozadí je bývalá rímska jednotka ktorá obliehala pevnosť
    - Dôkaz, že človek vôbec nemusí vedieť plávať v mŕtvom mori
    - Veľkosť náhornej plošiny
    - Mozaika
    - Vstupná cesta do pevnosti
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