Masada is located in the Judean Desert, and overlooks the dead see. The fortress was built on a rock plateau around 30 BC, and was the site of a last stand by Jewish rebels in the first Jewish-Roman War. Interestingly, you can still see the remnants of the siege ramp that the Romans built, allowing them to breach the fortress in 73 AD. Anyways, let’s just say it’s a long hike up to the top… 1-1.5 hours up and 30-40 minutes down, per a tourist website. Because I was travelling with my 86 year old grandmother, we took the cable cars. In this picture, you can faintly see the zigzag path on the rocks. If I ever visit again, I’d love to try the alternate route.
Location: Masada National Park, Masada, Israel.