Short video of Masada

Info live from Jerusalem has a brief video without commentary showing stills and video footage of the fortress. In full screen it still looks quite good.

The site gives the following background:

Masada (Hebrew for fortress), is situated atop an isolated rock
cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead
Sea. On the east the rock falls in a sheer drop of about 450 meters to
the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth, some 400 m. below sea
level),  and in the west it stands about 100 meters above the
surrounding terrain. The natural approaches to the cliff top are very
difficult.

According to Josephus Flavius, Herod the Great built
the fortress of Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. Herod, an Idumean, had
been made King of Judea by his Roman overlords and was hated by his
Jewish subjects. Herod, the master builder, furnished this fortress as
a refuge for himself. Some 75 years after Herods death, at the
beginning of the Revolt of the Jews against the Romans in 66 CE, a
group of Jewish rebels overcame the Roman garrison of Masada. After the
fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple (70 CE)  they were
joined by zealots and their families who had fled from Jerusalem. With
Masada as their base, they raided and harassed the Romans for two
years. Then, in 73 CE, the Roman governor Flavius Silva marched against
Masada with the Tenth Legion, auxiliary units
and thousands of
Jewish prisoners-of-war. The Romans established camps at the base of
Masada and laid siege to it. They then constructed a rampart of
thousands of tons of stones and beaten earth against the western
approaches of the fortress and in the spring of the year 74 CE
moved a battering ram up the ramp and breached the wall of the fortress.

Josephus
Flavius dramatically recounts the story told him by two surviving
women. The defenders almost one thousand men, women and children led by
Elazar ben Yair, decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives,
rather than be taken alive. Infolive.tv brings footage of Masada and
the surrounding panoramic view. 09/16/08

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