Masada is a steep natural fortress that stands majestically in the desert of Judea overlooking the Dead Sea. From the cable car at the foot of the mountain, the blue Dead Sea is more and more in front of you, and it is getting closer to the palace on the 300-meter peak. It is also a luxurious palace associated with Herod. Herod knew the strategic advantage of Masada, so she used Masada as a sanctuary for the invasion of the enemy to drink the winter palace. During his reign, he built luxury palaces, as well as storage-rich warehouses, reservoirs and turret walls. Until his death, the materials left over for many years have not been used up. Masada is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel. In 70 AD, the Romans occupied Jerusalem and killed the Jews. The surviving Jews carried their families and went to Masada. In the face of the fierce siege of the Romans, the people in Masada City collectively committed suicide. At the high temperature of
40 degrees, the tragic history of "Ning is a jade, not a complete" is astonishing in the throat. The old ruined wall is full of weeping atmosphere. Nowadays, we talk and laugh, and while cherishing the past, we use bread to feed the desert swallows - a loyal bird that follows the food.
Masada Castle, the site of the castle built on the hills of the desert more than 2,000 years ago, is one of the Jewish holy places. The natural advantage of easy to defend and difficult to attack, so that the Jews who stood here in the past successfully resisted the siege of Rome for three years, but unfortunately, the last sight of the city is hopeless, more than 900 military and civilians prefer to commit suicide and are not willing to be enslaved by the enemy, such a tragic history, Let Masada not only become a world cultural heritage, but also become a symbol of the Jewish national spirit. Today, "Masada Yong is no longer falling" has become an oath for Israeli soldiers when they join the army.
The road to the top of the mountain is extremely dangerous, and it is called the snake road. At present, there is a convenient cable car at the foot of the mountain. Of course, this is only for tourists. The Israeli natives can only walk up the mountain through the winding snake path to show their respect for the Masada spirit. At the top of the mountain, you can see the surrounding walls, the remaining fortifications, the ancient Roman baths, the synagogues, etc., overlooking the Dead Sea not far away.
Israel - the amazing Masada spirit
leaving the Dead Sea, 10 minutes by car, came to Masada, a rocky mountaintop, located in the desert and the Dead Sea. Masada is a holy place for Jews and one of the world heritage sites. The shock that has been given to me here is unexpected, unlike the Dead Sea or the Old City of Jerusalem, which is already famous.
Masada's terrain is extremely majestic, completely independent of the surrounding mountains, like a huge battleship, the head of the ship heading north to the east, in the direction of the four seas. Surrounded by cliffs, Masada is the largest difference in the east side of the cliff with a height difference of 450 meters, from the top of the mountain to the shore of the Dead Sea; the other three sides are more than 300 meters above the surrounding terrain. Compared with the steepness of the mountain, the top of the mountain is very flat and suitable for large-scale construction. Due to its location on the edge of the desert of Judea, the environment around Masada is extremely desolate. It is basically grassy. Under normal circumstances, it can be seen in the Jordanian plateau dozens of kilometers away. Dont say people, even the big animals cant escape the summit. The sight of the garrison.
We are only 10 minutes from the cable car. It is said that if we take the snake trail for 40 minutes, we will stand on the high platform and see a lot of people going up and down from the snake path to experience the way people walked.
In the Masada Castle you can still see the remains of the Jewish Herod's Palace Castle, as well as ancient Roman baths and steam rooms, reservoirs, tombstones, theaters, Byzantine Christian churches, and Jewish prayers. Classic scraps, etc.
After entering the border with Israel's Jerusalem, drive along the mountain road of the dead sea to the direction of Mazhda Fort and finally stop in front of a cliff. We took the cable car up to the top of the cliff, and a ruin appeared in front of us. It was built by Herod. This castle is not only its long history, its unique location and ingenious design, but more importantly, about 2,000 years ago, there was a thrilling story of a world of horror and ghosts. Now that the castle has become a symbol of the Jewish peoples unyielding death, todays primary and secondary schools in Israel organize students to visit the Mazhda Fort every year. Newly recruited Israeli soldiers also come here to hold an oath, vowing: Masada will never fall. It has become a place for the Jewish nation to carry out traditional education.
Standing on the top of the cliff, you can clearly see the road leading to the ancient castle and the dry river bed leading to the Dead Sea.
This is a nested pigeon nest. Modern people call it the communication center. In the past, they kept in touch with the outside world by their pigeons.