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.
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.