"One of my favorite World Heritage sites that I've visited in recent years is Masada, in Israel. The story of the stronghold, where Jewish Zealots took their own lives rather than suffer slavery to the Romans, is compelling. And the ruins of the fortress itself, built by Herod the Great between 37 and 31 [BCE], are fascinating, no matter what your heritage may be. With such a history, it's no wonder that Masada stands as symbol of Jewish pride. Israel Defense Forces graduate there, shouting 'Masada shall not fall again!' It's also become a popular spot for bar and bat mitzvahs in recent years."
—Travel expert Chris Gray Faust writes on her award-winning website, Chris Around The World