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We climbed Masada to watch the sunrise, along with thousands of other people, but we still really enjoyed the view. We were also able to tour the ruins before the intense heat overwhelmed us.

We climbed Masada to see the sunrise. Masada is where a siege by the Roman Empire led to a mass suicide of the Jewish inhabitants when defeat was imminent. The cable car at Masada is not open early in the morning, so if you want to see the sun rise, you have to hike up. The site warmed up very quickly, so we were glad to be exploring it in the first morning light. A residential villa at the time of Herod. Herod's Villa Herod's Villa A view from the Northern Palace. Looking down to the lower terrace of Herod's Northern Palace A view climbing town towards Herod's Palace. Frescoes can still be seen at the Northern Palace. View up from the Northern Palace Column detail at the Northern Palace. The Northern Palace Mikveh (Jewish Ritual Bath) The Synagogue The Casemate of the Scrolls Columbarium Tower (Dovecot) The Breaching Point, where the Siege of Masada ended, when the Romans finally breached the walls with the ramp they had built. A view from the Southern Citadel. The Byzantine Church The Byzantine Church Mosaic floor at the byzantine church. A view towards the southern Citadel. Public Immersion Pool Beth Midrash (Torah Study Hall) Columbarium Tower (Dovecot) A view from the Southern Citadel. The Rebel's dwellings. The black line shows the original line of the wall before reconstruction. Roman Camps seen from Masada