The Dead Sea is a phenomenon. The Dead Sea is actually known as the lowest place on earth at 417 meters (1,373 ft.) below sea level. The Dead Sea has mineral-rich waters and mineral rich mud which is considered therapeutic for both the skin and the joints in ones body. Floating in the waters of the Dead Sea is a unique experience that is caused by the extreme salinity and denseness of the waters of the Dead Sea. The water has a far greater concentration of minerals that any other body of water on them planet. This makes the Dead Sea unsuitable to support any form of life. Yet it is this very fact which provides life-invigorating properties to the water and to those who bathe in it.
The Dead Sea area also has historical remnants. The entire Dead Sea landscape has scattered ruins of monasteries, enormous palaces, forts, synagogues, and mosques. One can trace back history to the times of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Christians, Moslems and Jews. Essentially, the Dead Sea area is one vast nature reserve where one can experience unique geological formations and a variety of animals, birds and plant life.
The Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered in Qumran overlooking the Dead Sea. These scrolls are approximately 2,000 years old and were discovered in pottery jars which were created by the Essenes who lived in the area at the time.
Masada , Israel's second most popular tourist site after Jerusalem is located on top of the Dead Sea. Masada is a mountaintop fortress which was built by King Herod in 35 BC into winter home. Masada has luxurious palaces, bathhouses, storage rooms and impressive water cisterns. Masada is till today a symbol of Jewish history and heritage as it is the site of heroic defiance by a few Jewish zealots who took their own lives rather than surrender to the might of the Roman empire. Today Masada is accessible via a quick cable car ride or by taking a hike up the serpentine path. Masada is situated only about 20 km north of the Ein Bokek hotel area.
Masada is open seven days a week. Cable cars start running at 8:00 am and closes about 16:00-17:00PM depending on the season.
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Girl floating in the dead sea
Dead Sea - view from Crowne Plaza Hotel
Girl covered with Dead Sea mud