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Israel Archaelogical Tour - Day 4

Email Day 4 The Judean Wilderness and the Dead Sea Qumran National Park-- the ruins on the plateau in sight of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered are an enigma wrapped in a mystery -- were they the home of the Essenes who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls, a wealthy Sadducee manor farm, or both? Massada National Park -- Herod's magnificent fortress, with its palaces, bathhouses and ramparts was also the scene of the last stand of the Jews against the Romans in the Great Revolt, attested to by a huge Roman siege ramp and other finds. The combination of its dramatic story and its fabulous architecture and finds has won it recognition as a World Heritage Site. Ein Gedi National Park -- a walk through an oasis, and the remains of a thriving Talmudic town. Its synagogue mosaic bears a mysterious warning not to reveal "the secret"-- perhaps the manufacturing process of perfume from the now-extinct balsam plant that once grew here. The Dead Sea -- a rejuvenating rinse-off of the dust of the generations in the lowest, most mineral-rich lake on earth. For additional itinerary suggestions, please see Visit the MFA's Social Media Channels: Facebook - Twitter - Google+ Find us on Instagram: @IsraelMFA
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