Sunday, March 24, 2013

Caesarea and Masada

Two places we visited that King Herod was responsible for designing were Caesarea & Messada. Both of these sites are so interesting. The portions of each of these sites that have survived for thousands of years make them a must see in Israel. I think it's interesting that King Herod most noted for his murder of all children two years and under after the wise men failed to tell him where Christ was had such of vision of design & development.  Below are photos of each place starting with Caesarea.

Now onto Masada which was an ancient fortification in the Southern part of Israel, way on top of an isolated rock plateau on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod built palaces for himself on the mountain, with a swimming pool, bath house and exercise room complete with a sauna and a storage area for a ton of food. He even made an amazing water collection and storage area since this place is in the hot desert. This was built between 37 and 31 BC. The Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire towards the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of the 960 Jewish rebels and their families holed up there. Only 5 children and 2 women survived this mass murder.

The day we were there it was windy but fairly clear. Ella's mad because we wouldn't let her climb on the rock, poor little girl didn't understand the height we were at nor the drop-off from this plateau.

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