Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Israel Day 5 - Masada - Part 5 - Columbarium, Mosiacs and Synagogue

On Masada, there was even a Columbarium for raising doves for both meet and fertilizer on top of the mountain.

Walking past the Columbarium, we saw some Trebuchet stones that likely had been fired by the Romans at Masada.

Herod's northern palace was an amazing three-tiered architectural masterpiece.

Not much of the grandeur remains, but the remains do give a sense of scale. Yet another of the Roman camps can be seen below. Imagine living on the mountain and constantly looking down to see yourself surrounded on all sides by the Roman army.

Looking down into the middle section of the northern palace, Many rooms of the palace at Masada still have mosaics that still survive to this day.

After the Northern palace, we went to the Synagogue.

The Synagogue, oriented towards Jerusalem, is setup in the classic Sephardi style seen in many locations in Israel. The seating area goes around the outside of the room. The center likely held the ark, though the area at the rear of this picture was a storeroom at the time.

One of the oldest synagogues in the world.

The next and last stop at Masada: Where the Zealot's struggle ended.


Old NFO said...

Great pics, and amazing mosaics, more amazing that they have survived as long as they have!

Aaron said...

Old NFO: Thanks. Just wait, there's even more pictures of ancient artwork coming up from the trip., as well as some modern "art".