MASADA (Hebrew, "fortress")


Ancient ruins on a mountaintop in the desert about 48.3 km (about 30 mi) southeast of Jerusalem, the scene of the last stand made by the Jewish Zealots in their revolt against Roman rule (AD 66-73).

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Herod the Great's three-tiered palace cascades down the north face of Masada, the work of a king long reviled as a villain but today recognized as a master architect. With roman techniques and unique ambition, he created audacious masterpieces of stunning beauty.


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By Herod's death, the extent of his realm rivaled the biblical kingdoms of David and Solomon. Won by a mix of savvy diplomacy and ruthless conquest, the territory reached from modern Lebanon and Syria in the north, to Israel's Negev desert in the south. A line of fortresses guarded its eastern flank.


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Towering over bustling streets with imperial grandeur, Herod's Second Temple (highest building at top) and the plaza surrounding it rested on colossal foundations, including the Western Wall. These massive retaining structures doubled the size of the Temple Mount.


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Herod is best known for slaughtering every male infant in Bethlehem in an attempt to kill Jesus. He is almost certainly innocent of this crime.

Two fortified palaces were built there in the 1st century BC by the Judean king Herod the Great. After Herod's death, Masada was occupied by a Roman garrison until the Zealots captured it in AD66. When Jerusalem was taken by the Romans in 70, the last remaining rebels—about 1000 men, women, and children—withdrew to the remote mountaintop. Under their leader, Eleazar ben Jair, they withstood a 2-year siege by the Roman Tenth Legion. All but seven killed themselves rather than surrender when the besiegers finally captured the fortress in 73. Excavated by the Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin in 1963-65, Masada is both a popular tourist attraction and an Israeli national shrine.



Eight Miles South of Jerusalem, where the last stunted olive trees and stony cornfields fade into the naked badlands of the Judaean desert, a hill rises abruptly, a steep cone sliced off at the top like a small volcano. This is Herodium, one of the grand architectural creations of Herod the Great, King of Judaea, who raised a low knoll into a towering memorial of snowy stonework.

Herod's tomb lay between his summit fortress and the sprawling grounds he created as a desert retreat. After marching from Jericho, his funeral procession assembled on a quarter-mile-long terrace beside the Lower Palace.             



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Basilika Saint Peter, pusat dan asal mula Ajaran Yesus ke seluruh dunia. "Di atas batu karang ini Aku akan mendirikan jemaat-Ku", kata Yesus kepada murid-Nya bernama Simon alias Peter (yang artinya 'batu karang'). Dan penyebaran 'Kabar Baik' Ajaran Yesus ke seluruh dunia yang terbesar memang dari karya Peter dimulai dari Roma.


Orang Roma (bangsa Romawi pada jaman itu) terkenal kejam terhadap orang Yahudi bangsa jajahannya, namun Yesus justru memakai bangsa Romawi menjadi cikal bakal penyebaran Ajaran Cinta Kasih-Nya ke seluruh penjuru bumi dimulai dari karya terbesarnya Rasul Petrus dan Rasul Paulus (2 sosok yang bekerja secara sinergi).





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