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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 37 – 4 B.C.
Date of Inscription: 2001
Location: Eurasia, Israel, Tamar Region
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Description: Masada is a majestically beautiful rugged natural fortress lying in the Judaean Desert with a view over the Dead Sea. It stands as a representation of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its brutal destruction and the Jewish patriots’ last stand against the Roman army, in 73 A.D. Herod the Great, King of Judaea (who reigned 37 – 4 B.C.) constructed the site as a palace complex in the classic style of the early Roman Empire. The monument’s encircling camps, fortifications and attack ramp constitute the most complete Roman siege works that have managed to survive to the present day. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Masada (a romanisation of the Hebrew מצדה, Metzada, from מצודה, metzuda, "fortress") is the name for a site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the South District of Israel on top of an isolated rock plateau, or large mesa, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Masada became famous after the First Jewish-Roman War (also known as the Great Jewish Revolt) when a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to a mass suicide of the site's Jewish Sicarii fugitives when defeat became imminent. Today, Masada is a very popular tourist destination. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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