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Masada – world heritage site a tourist destination by the Dead Sea

Masada – world heritage site a tourist destination by the Dead Sea

Masada is the most visited site of all the archaeological sites in Israel and one of its main tourist attractions. It contains ancient palaces and fortifications located on top of an isolated rock plateau in a stunning desert site overlooking the Dead Sea. And it holds a great historical value, too. Masada (meaning 'fortress' in Hebrew) became known for its attributed mythic significance in the First Jewish-Roman War (also known as the Great Jewish Revolt). In the first century A.D. nearly a thousand Jewish rebels who believed in zero-tolerance toward the Roman rule took over the fortress and were surrounded by the Roman army, which left behind the most complete siege works in the world. When defeat appeared imminent, the rebels chose to commit suicide instead of giving in and spending the rest of their lives as slaves. This made Mesada a symbol of the human spirit’s yearning for freedom. The Israel Nature and Parks Protection Authority had expertly restored the ruins of Masada, so visitors can almost re-live the last days of this heroic story's main characters. The latest attraction is the remarkable new museum, with nine dramatically lit rooms displaying some precious finds alongside life-size statues. In the Masada museum, visitors can easily picture the lives and deaths of these Jewish fugitives, who refused to surrender. Beyond the mythic importance of this site, you will find the Dead Sea and desert mountains views absolutely stupendous. The cliffs on the east edge of this Dead Sea site are about 1,300 feet high and the cliffs on the west are about 300 feet high. The fortress can be reached from two directions today - either from the Dead Sea in the east, via the original and steep "snake path", or from the west on a path built from the old Roman ramp, offering an easier climb or a cable car. Masada is a world heritage site and a very popular tourist destination. It is definitely one of your must-see sites while visiting the holy land. Visitors can stay at many of the hotels located at the Dead sea Ein Bokek area, Ein Gedi, and Kalia.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is unlike any other place in the world. It is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting the Israel, and for many good reasons. Thanks to the climate and the mineral qualities of the area, it holds a variety of therapeutic qualities and offers many beauty treatments and body massages you only have to choose from while visiting. At minus 416 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. It is a very sunny area, with 330 days of sun a year and a miraculously dry air, unpolluted so it can purify respiratory systems. The sea itself is the only un-drownable lake on earth, and the sensation of floating in reading position in the salty water is one of the unique pleasures travelers from all around the world come to the Dead Sea for. Because of its therapeutic qualities, the Dead Sea is the ultimate Spa destination. An assortment of mineral waters of various qualities is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments, and the mineral-rich springs rise from deep down into little ponds along the shores. The well-known natural black mud is another famous Dead Sea feature, which improves blood circulation and relieves tensions of mind and muscle. The outdoor activity of getting covered by mud is one that a visitor to the Dead Sea should not miss. Besides being a relaxing resort, the Dead Sea is also a fascinating and lively location with many attractions for more active travelers. These include the Qumran National Park, with its ancient caves on the northern shores where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical documents known to men, were found. The Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens offer a fun trip for flora lovers, with more than 1000 species of plants from around the world. The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is another great place for visitors to view some bird sanctuaries and wildlife of the desert. The Arugut reserve, with its series of shallow pools, perfect for bathing, is another popular destination for a short trip, and the Zohar Fortress and Canyon, a canyon in white soft limestone, is also worth a stop. There are many other routes and small trips to take while visiting the Dead Sea. You can easily find useful information in the tourists Information center in Ein Bokek center, where most of the area's hotels are located and few restaurants and shops can be found as well. Hotels in the Dead Sea >>

Dead Sea scrolls and Qumran

The Qumran Ruin is a complex of structures located in the Yehuda Desert on the verge of the Dead Sea. It can be found on a barren terrace between the Dead Sea and the cliffs where the long-untouched Qumran Caves reside. The Qumran Ruin is located just next to the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, some 1300 feet below sea level and several kilometers south of Jericho, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the Dead Sea area. The design of the Qumran ruin is unique, with many large halls that used to serve public functions, and a relatively small number of living quarters. The main structure used to have several rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Additional building complexes, to the south and east of the main building, have contained long halls, rooms and ritual baths. A large number of mikva'ot (ritual baths) were found throughout the site, as was typical of public and private buildings in Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Beside the spectacular archeological value of these ancient ruins, Qumran is best known as the nearest settlement to the burial place of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves around the area, and have been considered to be the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times. The scrolls consist of about 825 to 870 separate documents of great religious and historical importance that include the only known existing copies of Biblical documents created before 100 AD. The Dead Sea Scrolls were most likely written by the Essenes, a strict Torah observant, Messianic, new covenant Jewish sect during the period lasting from about 200 B.C. to 68 A.D. They enhance our knowledge of both Judaism and Christianity, and represent a non-rabbinic form of Judaism alongside a wealth of comparative materials for New Testament scholars. Visiting the Qumran National Park is an exciting and inspiring experience. The most important findings in the area are the ones from the end of the Second Temple period and from the Bar-Kochva rebellion era. It is possible to see the cave in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and other structures that were excavated nearby. An audio-visual presentation tells the story of the site and the people who used to live here. In addition, it is possible to take a short walk up the Qumran canyon, in a nice desert surrounding, and appreciate the one-of-a-kind surrounding of the lowest place on earth.

The Dead Sea – Minerals, Cosmetic and Skin Care

The Dead Sea – Minerals, Cosmetic and Skin Care

In the lowest place on earth, at minus 416 meters below sea level lies the Dead Sea - your chance for a one-of-a-kind relaxing Spa experience. The climate at the Dead Sea, its dry and unpolluted air, and above all its unique mineral qualities make it the perfect location for a truly therapeutic vacation. Don't be surprised if you find yourself coming back again and again after your first visit to this site, which is one of the greatest Spa resorts in the world. The Dead Sea has the highest concentration of minerals and salts in the world. Medicine has long recognized the potential of Dead Sea related products for treatment of various skin disorders. The Dead Sea skin care and cosmetics products are known worldwide for their anti-aging qualities and their therapeutic qualities, and there's no better place to witness these cosmetics products' remarkable influence than during your visit to the lowest place in the world. While visiting the Dead Sea, one must try to cover oneself with the unique natural black mud, one of the symbols of the Dead Sea. The black mud, sold worldwide as very effective cosmetics products, improves blood circulation and relieves tensions of mind and muscle. The black mud is rich in minerals - calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, iron, sulfur and sulfites – and invigorates circulation and absorbs toxins. Not to mention it's fun, too - getting covered by mud and letting it dry is one the most fun Dead Sea experiences. Be sure to bring your camera. There is a wide variety of therapeutic pools in the Dead Sea, each contain different concentration of minerals and salts. All pools are rich in sulfur, magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. These minerals penetrate and detoxify the blood stream, relax the muscles and relieve pain. These therapeutic pools can be found either in any of the area's hotel's Spa or in the Ein Gedi Dead Sea Spa center. To make your Spa experience complete, enjoy a massage after bathing in the spring water, and feel the ultimate luxurious feeling. A wide variety of massages given by experts is offered in each of the Spa centers in the Dead Sea. Just be sure to book your treatment in advance.

Guided tour – Masada and the Dead Sea

Departure Date: Daily Trip Duration: One Day Trip Schedule: Depart from Jerusalem and drive through the Judean Desert to the vicinity of the Dead Sea. Visit Masada, which was King Herod's fortress and the last sanctuary of the zealots. The tour will continue along the Dead Sea shore - the lowest point on Earth, until we reach the Ein Gedi Spa for an enjoyable dip in the hot mineral springs, cover our bodies with therapeutic mud and bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Must Bring: Hat/head covering, comfortable walking shoes, bathing suit, towel and sandals. Please Note: The trip includes a ride in a cable car.

Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

The Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Lodging is located in a peaceful and beautiful location in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea and only 5 minute’s Drive from the Dead Sea shores. Just enjoy the lowest place on earth . An oasis in the middle of the desert, whose beauty exudes vibrant hues of blue, green, yellow and red a peaceful and small slice of heaven, encompassing treasures created by members of the kibbutz community with only a magical paradise in mind. A visit to Kibbutz Ein Gedi Dead Sea Country immediately instills peace and tranquility to any visitor. The Botanical Garden displays an abundance of flora whilst caressing the shores of the salty dead sea, entrapping a festival of light and color and encouraging the visitor's senses to actually sharpen. Archaeological treasures surround Ein Gedi almost as protection. north the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. In The south is 'Massada' a fascinating cultural treasure and a symbol of heroism for the Jewish people, and to the Right on the doorstep the Byzantine Synagogue boasting an undamaged beautiful mosaic floor with inscriptions relating to the people of the period. Our Air is pollution free, Over 330 sunny days annually, dry, high oxygen levels, low UV rays all add up to “HEALTH” 420 meters below sea level, Ein Gedi Dead Sea captures the sense of serenity and encourages the visitor to simply relax and enjoy. A real recipe for well-being. Despite the dry atmosphere water is a major element in this small corner of the globe. Nature Reserves with gushing waterfalls the you can visit, Ein Gedi Dead Sea Spa with natural, hot, sulphur water pools and, of course, the Dead Sea. Three totally different types of water, three different forms of enjoyment and three different health aspects.

Welcome to the Dead Sea

Welcome to the Dead Sea

Scientists are still puzzling over the geological factors that created the remarkable body of water known as the Dead Sea, which lies further beneath sea level than any other spot on earth. For visitors, there is no mystery. This extremely dense and saline sea, which has a far greater concentration of minerals than any of the oceans, and is unable to support any life form, is the source of life-giving properties to all who choose to bathe in it. Floating on the sea is not just fun, it relaxes the body and does the skin and the joints a world of good. The therapeutic black mud, found exclusively on the shores of the Dead Sea,does wonders for everyone's complexion. The Judean Desert has always attracted people seeking spiritual refuge from the world. The archeological discoveries at nearby Qumran, where the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls were discoverd in ancient pottery jars, show us how the Essenes created their unique settlements deep in the heart of the desert. Visit The Ein Gedi and Kalia Kibbutzim for an Ideal family visit and an Israeli cultural experience. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/dead/index.html

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