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Masada, one of Israel’s best-known and most popular tourist attractions, is a fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated mesa. It is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth’s land, 1,300 feet below. The Dead Sea is 2 ½ miles below sea level. Masada means fortress and it’s easy to see that it would have been a very difficult fortress to conquer. Herod the Great built two palaces for himself on the mesa and fortified Masada in case of revolt between 37 and 31 BC. The eventual siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire at the end of the First Jewish–Roman War, in about 73 AD, ended, by legend, in the mass suicide of 960 people, Sicarii rebels, an extremist Jewish splinter group, and resident Jewish families hiding there. Only 2 women and 5 children survived.

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