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Massada & Qumran

Massada & Qumran Massada & Qumran Massada & Qumran

Qumran is primarily known as an archeological site, the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
In 1963 – 1965 a large archaeological expedition uncovered Herod’s fortress and other buildings, palaces, storerooms and water facilities.
IN 1947, a Bedouin shepherd boy came across the scrolls while trying to retrieve a lost goat. He found them in a cave on a Cliffside stored and protected in years. The scrolls are now on display in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Since the retrieval of the scrolls, excavations in the area have revealed much about the people – the Essenes – who wrote them, including where and how they lived. Ritual baths, a pottery workshop and a cemetery have also been uncovered. The Essences lived in Qumran from about 150 BC until 68 AD, working the land and studying religious texts.
The original home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Masada , the ancient fortress built by King Herod the Great atop a lofty natural plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
In adding Masada to its prestigious World Heritage List, UNESCO cited several aspects of Masada’s universal value: the site preserves a grand first-century Roman villa, the remains of the most complete Roman siege system in the world, and tells the story of the tragic events leading to the last chapter of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans - the last stand of the rebels who became a symbol of the struggle fight for freedom from oppression.