HIGH DEFINITION | With Lauren Izso | Saturday, December 15th 201843min
Part 1 Masada is an ancient fortress in southern Israel's Judean desert and it's a must see for any first time tourist. Masada used to be the site of a luxurious royal palace and there are so many mysterious wonders intertwined in the history of this special spot. Some historians believe that thousands of years ago this was a site of a violent battle and a mass suicide, one that may have reshaped the Jewish people. Is the story of Masada a myth or not? Part 2 The visit inside Masada continues, alongside the northern palace, magnificent structures can be seen emphasizing the luxurious life Herod and his people led. The western palace was the single largest building complex on Masada and it was there that Herod took care of his business. After the successful conquer of Masada by the Sicarii, when the Romans closed in on Masada, the Sicarii chose a radical step: mass suicide rather than falling into the hands of the Roman legion. Over the years the validity of the story of Masada has been questioned and doubted, thus, opinions are divided surround the veracity of the myth of Masada. Part 3 The myth surrounding Masada continues even after the creation of the State of Israel. Between 1963 and 1965 a team of professional archaeologists excavated Masada and it was the most complex archaeological project of that time. The might be evidence of the truthfulness of the Masada myth is fiercely debated until now. The story of Gamla, which was a central Jewish town in the center Golan, might be the key to understand more the events that happened in Masada. Part 4 The perceptions of what really happened at Masada differs, the question is: did the Sicarii committed mass suicide or just escaped the area?. The story of Masada is still a mystery, but, despite the voices who oppose the Masada myth, the glory of Masada has only increased over the years. The site became a famous site and is visited by leaders and celebrities who come to Israel, but also, a major spot for different concerts as well. Last year, the first archaeological expedition in ten years began and the group led by Dr. Guy Stiebel aims to find more evidence and even answers to the mysteries of Masada.