0 Likes

Fortress Masada, West Terace
Israel

Masada (Hebrew for "Fortress") are the ancient ruins on a mountaintop in the Judean Desert. Located about 30 miles southeast of Jerusalem and rising above the shores of the Dead Sea, Masada  is the most visited of all archeological sites in Israel and one of the most popular climbs. This fortress can be reached in several ways... from the east via the original and steep "snake path," from the west on a path built from the old Roman ramp, offering an easier climb or by cable car.


After the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 CE by the conquering Roman army, 1,000 Jewish zealot resistors and their families fled Jerusalem and took over this remote mountaintop. Under their leader, Eleazar ben Jair, they withstood a 2-year siege by the Roman Tenth Legion.

Then, in 73 CE, the Roman governor Flavius Silva marched against Masada with the Roman Tenth Legion. They established camps at the base of Masada, laid siege to it. Later they constructed a rampart of thousands of tons of stones and beaten earth against the western approaches of the fortress [see left portion of photo] and, in the spring of the year 74 CE, moved a battering ram up this ramp and breached the wall of the fortress

When the Zealot leader, Elazar ben Yair, saw the end nearing, he gathered his people and together they chose death with honor by their own hands rather than being captured alive and becoming slaves to the Romans.

Today, Masada has become a symbol for freedom and independence. Recruits to the Israel Defense Forces Armored Unit swear the oath of allegiance in an annual ceremony on its summit. Their defiant cry...Masada will never fall again!

View More »

Copyright: Zoran strajin
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12032x6016
Geüpload: 28/10/2012
Geüpdatet: 01/09/2014
Keer bekeken:

...


Tags: fortress of masada; judaean desert; israel; desert; fortress; masada
comments powered by Disqus

mordagan
Masada
Atila Bezdan
Masada fortress
Atila Bezdan
Masada fortress
Zoran Strajin
Fortress of Masada, Judaean Desert, Israel
mordagan
Masada
mordagan
Masada
Atila Bezdan
Masada, Herod's Palace
Zoran Strajin
North Palace, Masada, Israel
mordagan
Masada
mordagan
Masada
mordagan
Masada
Zoran Strajin
Fortress of Masada, Entrance Hall, Israel
Marcio Cabral
Laguna de Los Tres at Moon Rising
Dmitriy Kochergin
Mill Lake Kalkan
Andre de Molenaar
Bonaire Hawksbill Turtle at the Cliff
benjamin-suzanne
Le Quai Debilly
John Wood
Circus Room at the Tinkertown Museum
wongchichuen
West Kowloon (尖沙咀海運停車場西九方向), Ocean Terminal Parking, Tsim Sha Tsui, HK
Daniel Christaldi
St Nicholas Abbey - warehouse
Michael Maniezzo
Inside Savior on the Spilled Blood St Petersburg Russia
Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt
Airplane wreckage Iceland
Sam Rohn
9/11 Memorial Plaza and 1 World Trade Center
You Changyeol
Shwedagon Paya Kakusandha Buddha Temple
njohn
Dragon Boat Workshop Tai O 大澳龍舟作坊
Zoran Strajin
By the Two Pools, Israel
Zoran Strajin
St. Rokus Church, Szeged
Zoran Strajin
In the front of Military Hospital, Petrovaradin, Serbia
Zoran Strajin
Overlooking Old City from Olive Mountain, Jerusalem
Zoran Strajin
"Novo Hopovo" Monastery - Serbia
Zoran Strajin
"Nova Selenca" area, Sombor
Zoran Strajin
Blue Nights, Davidka Square, Jerusalem
Zoran Strajin
Milk Grotto - place traditionally described as the site where the Virgin Mary stopped to breast feed the Baby Jesus - Bethlehem
Zoran Strajin
Peterwardein Fortress - Petrovaradinska tvrdjava
Zoran Strajin
Tower of David Museum, Citadel - - Jerusalem
Zoran Strajin
Inner City Parish Church - Budapest
Zoran Strajin
In the front of Espresso Coffee House - Hadera, Road 65\ Caesarea Junction, Israel
More About Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.