Thursday, 3 October 2013

Masada


A natural fortress in the Judean desert a day's journey from Jerusalem...


... which we climbed by cable car rather than the 'snake path'..


... from where we could look down on the outline of Roman siege camps...


... and the ramp built by the Romans to take almost the last Jewish hold out...


... alongside which a display board shows what may be the lots used by the defenders in their final suicide pact...


... finishing at an early desert church serving a later group of hermits who briefly inhabited the site.

2 comments:

Joy Davis said...

As a believer in places retaining the energies and 'spirits' of past peoples and events have always imagined that Masada would be such a powerful place to visit. The very stones absorbing what has gone before.....or is it now too touristy to tell?

Peter Mullins said...

No, Joy, whilst there are a lot of tourists, it isn't too touristy to tell. Unlike many sites here and in England where one has to use a lot of imagination to recreate what being there centuries ago might have looked and felt like, approaching this massive outcrop in the Judean desert feels (cable car not withstanding)just like it would have done for Jews seeking secure refuge, Romans seeking victory or hermits seeking solitude.