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Masada
Herod's Fortress
The cliff top fortress of Masada is located about 30 miles southeast of Jerusalem. Rising 450 meters above the shores of the Dead Sea, at the western end of the Judean Desert, it provides a natural defensive position with steep mountains on all sides.
A fortress is believed to have existed on the site since the time of Jonathan Maccabeus in the 2nd century BCE and it is known that Herod the Great, King of Judaea (37-4 BCE) fled to it in 42 BCE when the Parthians took Jerusalem. READ MORE

 

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