Har Meẕada

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  • Day16


    April 20, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Wow - what a place!
    Herod built (well, lots of poor slaves did) a palace high up on this mountain fortress. It was his winter palace.
    The Jews revolted from the Roman rule and fled here to escape.
    The Romans were intent on quelling the rebellion and laid seige to the place to subdue them. The Jews were determined not to be under Roman rule again and when it became imminent that the Romans were about to break through the gates with their rammer the Jews made a plan to all commit suicide during the final night. When the Romans broke into the fortress they found only dead bodies.
    How they built this place, it's water cistern, walls etc etc is astounding - what a feat!
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  • Day22


    May 28, 2015 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    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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    Lenore Bernard

    Finally, found you! But, better late than never! Wow! Awesome that you are there and beholding all the beauty of this place---how great is that! Pa and me enjoying all the gorgeous pics and information. Wish we could be there with you, and maybe someday we will have the opportunity to visit. Your folks!

    Paul Bernard

    Hi mom!!! :) Can't wait to tell you about it!

  • Day6


    November 14, 2017 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    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

  • Day4


    March 12, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Leider nur von „außen“ bzw von unten da kein Lift mehr ab 15 Uhr hinauf fährt.. schade das die Attraktionen so früh schon schließen, dies sollte bei eigener Reise mit eingeplant sein und somit gleich gemerkt für die nächsten Reisen. Trotzdem auch von unten und aussenrum einen Blick wert.Read more

  • Day9

    Festung Masada / Totes Meer

    October 10, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Pünktlich erreichten wir den Hafen von Eilat. Kaum angelegt bestiegen wir um 8:15 Uhr den Bus, der uns nach einer Fahrt von 2.5 Stunden zur Festung Masada und das Tote Meer brachte. Der Weg führte uns durch die Wüste Negev entlang der jordanischen Grenze. Die Festung Masada wurde von König Herodes kurz vor Geburt Jesus gebaut und liegt auf einem Tafelberg. Mit einer Schweizer Gondel erreicht man in knapp drei Minuten die Bergstation. Die Aussicht auf das Tote Meer, die jordanischen Berge und die Judäische Wüste ist atemberaubend. Nach einem zweistündigen Rundgang, Erklärungen des Reiseleiters und vielen Eindrücken, verliessen wir die Festung wieder.

    Nach einem feinen Mittagessen in einem der vielen Hotels am Toten Meer, durfte ein Bad in demselben nicht fehlen. Die Wassertemperatur liegt bei geschätzten 30 Grad. Im Wasser ist es möglich auf dem Rücken zu liegen ohne sich zu bewegen. Einmal auf dem Rücken liegend muss man sich etwas anstrengen um wieder auf die Beine zu kommen. Das Wasser drückt einem immer auf den Rücken.

    Gegen Abend machten wir uns wieder auf den Rückweg zum Schiff. Ein langer, interessanter und heisser (36 Grad) Tag neigt sich dem Ende zu.
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  • Day17

    Dreizehnte Etappe Ein Bokek nach Masada

    February 23, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Diese Nacht zählte bisher zu den lautesten unserer Reise. Die Israeli's waren in bester Partylaune und haben um uns herum gefeiert was das Zeug hielt, währendessen wir versuchten zu schlafen 😖. Aber immerhin wurden wir mit einem wunderschönen Sonnenaufgang an unserem Zeltplatz direkt über dem Toten Meer belohnt. Um kurz vor 8 Uhr saßen wir schon wieder im Sattel in Richtung Norden. Die knapp 19 km nach Masada waren schnell gemacht und so konnten Armin und Tom den Aufstieg (mit 50 darf man auch mal Seilbahn fahren🤣) angehen. Tina steht ja nicht so auf "tote Steine" und stellte sich wieder einmal als "Fahrrad-Wächter" zur Verfügung..Read more

  • Day17


    February 23, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Alles Wissenswerte gibt es auf der super gemachten Broschüre zum Nationalpark Masada unter:

    oder in Enlisch
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  • Day12

    Masada und das Tote Meer

    October 1, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Direkt unterhalb des Festungsplateaus Masada liegt der tiefste Landpunkt der Erde am Ufer des Toten Meeres. Mit 32°C Wassertemperatur ist Baden dort wie ein Gang ins Spa. Der hohe Salzgehalt von 28% lässt einen wunderbar auf dem Wasser schweben, jedoch reichen 10 Minuten völlig aus, um sich dann rasch komplett gegrillt und angekrustet auf den Weg zu den Süßwasserduschen zu machen.Read more

    ohhh, ich bin sehr neidisch...Masada fand ich sehr beeindruckend

  • Day20


    October 26, 2017 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    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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    Bettye Harrison

    Wonderful commentary Angie and magnificent photos - all very moving . xx

  • Day4

    Masada & The Dead Sea

    June 29, 2017 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    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

You might also know this place by the following names:

Har Meẕada, Har Mezada