Yet more pics from our recent Med cruise - this time a shore cruise in Israel.
En route to the Dead Sea, we stopped Masada to see where the Romans had attacked the Jews defending their mountain top fortress.
Easier than for the Romans, we queued to get the cable car to the top !
Definitely too far to climb in this heat and we only had a few hours.
Up at the top, signage was clear and much evidence of professional archeology work completed and still under way
The views across this desert wasteland are incredible
This is how the Jews were able to hold out for so long - under ground water cisterns
This is a view of Herod's three tiered palace which would have had all the latest luxuries at the time.
and here's the famous ramp erected by the Romans to attack the Jewish stronghold
Perhaps a clearer view of the ramp
Jewish slaves were forced to construct this, knowing the outcome for their compatriots above
Below, the outlines of the Roam camps can still seen
Looking straight down the ramp
Herod even had Roman style mosaic floors up here on the top of the mountain
Its only when you are atop the mountain, you realise how extensive the fortress is and what a large area it covers
Having had a good look around, back to the cable car and the drive to the Dead Sea
and back to the ship at Haifa for a sundowner !
The following day, we were back on shore to go and see Jerusalem - but that is another story.