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Masada

Masada is the name for a site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the South District of Israel on top of an isolated rock plateau, or large mesa, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Masada became famous after the First Jewish-Roman War (also known as the Great Jewish Revolt) when a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire may have led to a mass suicide of the site's Jewish Sicarii fugitives when defeat became imminent. Since the sole source of information is Josephus, whose historical accuracy is suspect, this popular conception of mass suicide may not have occurred. Today, Masada is a very popular tourist destination.
 
Masada
Masada
Defensive wall
  Masada  
  Masada  
  Defensive wall  
Roman legionary camp
Rampart
Roman ramp used to siege Masada
  Roman legionary camp  
  Rampart  
  Roman ramp used to siege Masada  
Mosaic
Cliff edge
Ruins
  Mosaic  
  Cliff edge  
  Ruins  
Inside Metzada
Tourists at Masada
The ancient cistern
  Inside Metzada  
  Tourists at Masada  
  The ancient cistern  
Canyons below Masada
Ancient storage room
Scale model
  Canyons below Masada  
  Ancient storage room  
  Scale model  
The Judean Desert as seen from Masada
Tourists
  The Judean Desert as seen from Masada  
  Tourists  



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