- Archaeological Site
- Castle and fortress
- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
Both the site's beauty and the quality of the ruins make Masada an absolute must-see during your first trip to Israel. A true fortress-palace built on a rocky outcrop that was deemed to be impregnable, Masada imposes itself on the surrounding countryside and the wondering gaze of the visitor. Even if you're not a great love of archaeological sites you should visit to see the wonderful view, and to see how well preserved some ruins can be. The fortifications, assault ramp and military encampments are the only existing examples of this type of architecture from this period. In addition, the archaeologists have slightly raised the walls inside and outside, so that the public can get a better idea of what the fortress really looked like. There are explanatory signs and drawings which help complete these reconstructions.
In June they organise an open-air opera festival at the foot of the site.