Photo Credit: Noah Gordon / Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Early risers came to watch the glorious sunrise at Masada, the ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judaean Desert.

Masada is a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. A cable car and a long, winding path climb up to the fortifications, built around 30 BCE.

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Among the ruins are King Herod’s Palace, which sprawls over 3 rock terraces, and a Roman-style bathhouse with mosaic floors. The Masada Museum offers archaeological exhibits and recreations of historical scenes.

 

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