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Belfast, United Kingdom
November 5, 2009
Clifton, New Jersey
February 6, 2003
Getting to Masada is easy - tour buses run frequently from Jerusalem. If you have a car, you will see signs on 40 for the turn off near Zohar. There is a visitor''s center at the base of the mountain which features exhibits of archaeological discoveries, a gift shop, and snack bar, and shows a short movie. From here you can either take the cable car (60NIS both ways) or take the snake path (20NIS).
At the top of the mountain, there are numerous signs giving details of the major buildings, as well as a path to follow. A brochure will be provided (unless you climb in the dark) to allow you to follow along. There are also restroom facilities, a souvenir shop, and a pay phone on top of the mountain.
Allocate at least an hour and a half on top of the mountain to take in the view and all the sites. Bring plenty of water, especially in summer when it gets unbearably hot. There are a certain amount of stairs necessary to see all of Masada, even if you take the cable car. Also be aware that the cable cars only run once an hour during the slow season.
From journal Jerusalem Dreams
London, United Kingdom
August 14, 2001
From the top of Masada, one can see the remains of the Roman encampments which besieged the fortress for three years. Still the Jews survived on the bare mountain top. The Romans, unable to starve out the Jews, built a huge earth-ramp which still stands on the east side of Masada. The Jews, aware of the imminent attack by the Roman legions made their last act of defiance. The community committed mass suicide; only two women and five children lived to tell the story. When the Romans arrived the following day 960 bodies haunted the fortress.
Many of the remains on Masada are well preserved, giving a good sense of what it must have been like as a Jewish fortress surrounded by Romans. The beautiful views of the desert below and buffeting sand-laden wind add to the sense of isolation.
Masada is monument to courage and defiance, in Israel and elsewhere. It will be no surprise then that it is here, on this remote mountain top, that every Israeli army conscript formally joins the Israeli army.
From journal Jerusalem, the golden city
new york, New York
June 6, 2000
From journal Israel in Five Days