In the last days of the Great Jewish Revolt against Rome in 73 CE, a final remnant of Jewish rebels defended Masada. They turned their desperate fight into a universal symbol of the struggle for freedom. The dramatic historic event that took place there as recorded by Josephus, together with the archaeological remains on the mountain and the spectacular scenery, combine to make Masada one of Israel's most exciting and inspiring sites. So much so that UNESCO has recognized Masada National Park as a World Heritage Site.
Masada is located about an hour-and-a-half drive from Jerusalem overlooking the western shore of the Dead Sea.