By Brad Olsen
International tourists and armchair travelers who are looking to discover the mythology and archaeology of the ruins, sanctuaries, mountains, misplaced towns, and temples of old civilizations will locate this advisor perfect. specified listed here are the monuments and websites the place historic peoples as soon as collected to accomplish sacred rituals and ceremonies to worship numerous gods and to accomplish religious enlightenment. very important archaeological, ancient, and geological locations world wide are profiled, from the nice Pyramid in Egypt and the Forbidden urban in China to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Mount Shasta in California.
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Rising 1,400 feet (420 m) above the Dead Sea, this desert fortress was easily defended from the mesa top against a much stronger army because there was no easy entrance. It wasn’t until the imperial Roman army built an enormous land bridge across a natural spur that they could penetrate the walls. By the time the Romans entered the city, they were surprised to find no resistance and all but a very few already dead. ” The Romans were quite impressed with the determination of their enemy. Masada is used today as a symbol for all those who cherish freedom.
Only seven women and children survived by hiding in a cave. The only reason Masada held up so long against the superior Roman army, according to the Roman historian Josephus, is because of its strategic natural surroundings. Rising 1,400 feet (420 m) above the Dead Sea, this desert fortress was easily defended from the mesa top against a much stronger army because there was no easy entrance. It wasn’t until the imperial Roman army built an enormous land bridge across a natural spur that they could penetrate the walls.
Highway No. 1 connects Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, passing the historic Castel Crusader fortress before entering Jerusalem. The New City of Jerusalem is a crossroads for the Egged and Arab bus networks, making the city a convenient base for exploring the rest of Israel. Masada In a barren desert with few resources, the Masada mesa contains the ruins of a prosperous city that fell to the Romans. The site has long been regarded as a symbol for Jewish perseverance through adversity. Masada is best known as a zealot outpost and last refuge to Jewish rebels after a revolt against Rome.