The view from the top of Masada.
Masada seen from below. Masada was one of the many palaces of Herod the Great. It was the scene of the rebels’ last stand of the Jewish revolt in AD 70.
Floating in the Dead Sea--the world's lowest point and the world's saltiest body of water--a must do for any trip to Israel or Jordan. It was cold, but not too cold to go for a float in the Dead Sea.
From above, you can clearly make out three Roman encampments. The mountain was surrounded by several such encampments and a low wall to ensure that no one escaped.
We took the tram up. I can appreciate walking up, but the tram was fun too, and offered a rather breath-taking journey to the top of the mountain.
The synagogue at Masada. This was not a feature that Herod commissioned. He was a Hellenist and a pagan. The rebels converted this stable into a synagogue.
Herod's digs at Masada. That cat really knew how to live.
Details of Herod's palace in Masada.
The scroll cave at Qumran. This is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.
It would be hard to take a bad picture of the Dead Sea Valley from the top of Masada.
This is the siege ramp the Romans built to assault Masada.