|UNESCO #1040 - Masada - ISRAEL|
Monday, May 12, 2014
Masada - ISRAEL - UNESCO #1040
The last card Debora sent me is my favorite of the three. The photo doesn't show very well the ruins of the old fortress (the word "masada" means fortress) erected in the middle of the Judaean Desert and destroyed almost 2000 years ago by the Roman troops, so I recommend you to check some more photos online, it's a beautiful place and I would really love to visit it some day. Thank you so much Debora for this awesome swap, now I have 3 WHS in Israel raising the total to 378, only 603 to finish. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.