Masada is a mountain top fortress located in Israel on the western shore of the Dead Sea. The name Masada is derived from the Hebrew word "metzude", which means the mountain castle.

37BCE
According to Roman Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, Herod the Great built the fortress of Masada as a refuge for himself. It included a palace, casemate wall around the plateau, storehouses, cisterns filled with rainwater, barracks, palaces and an armory.  

 73CE
Fortress Masada, where the remnants of the  Jewish Revolt  held up for three years fell to Roman seige.  When Romans  enter  the fortress they  find  all defenders dead.  They committed mass suicide preferring  death  to Roman  justice

 

 

Masada Gallery


Masada shall not fall again"  Israeli solgiers oath of loyalty to Jewish state on top of  fortress Masada
     
Masada U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill     
Aerial View      Stairway to Masada Mosaic Floor 
     
     
   
  Cable Car   Ruins at Masada   Fortification 
     
     
    Herod's palace 
Archeologists  Ancient Synagogue at Masada  Herod's Palace