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Near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Israel
 

Columbarium Tower (dovecot)

 
 
Columbarium Tower (dovecot) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
1. Columbarium Tower (dovecot) Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historical marker.
Inscription. Why did the king raise doves on the mountain?

There were three columbarium towers on Masada. The one in front of us was used as a dovecot in its ground floor, and as a watchtower in its upper story. In the walls of the dovecot are several hundred niches in which the doves roosted. They supplied meat for Masada's inhabitants and guests, and probably also fertilizer for agricultural crops.
 
Location. 31° 19.003′ N, 35° 21.166′ E. Marker is near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom). Marker can be reached from Masada National Park Service Road just west of National Route 90, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the ancient Herodian fortification, on top of an isolated rock plateau, on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. The historical marker is situated on the western edge of the fortifications, in front of some Roman ruins between the Western and Northern Palaces.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Breaching Point (a few steps from this marker); The "Casemate of the Scrolls" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Synagogue (about 90 meters away, measured in
Columbarium Tower (dovecot) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
2. Columbarium Tower (dovecot) Marker
View of the historical marker along the western edge of Masada.
a direct line); The Water Gate (about 150 meters away); The Rebel's Community Life (about 150 meters away); The Discovery Location of the "Lots" (about 150 meters away); Bathing in Roman Style (about 180 meters away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Masada. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Jewish Virtual Library website. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Masada National Park website. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Biblical Places website. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Masada - UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This is a link to information provided by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Columbarium Tower (dovecot) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
3. Columbarium Tower (dovecot) Marker
Close-up view of an artist's rendering of the Columbarium Tower (dovecot).
 

6. Masada Columbarium Tower. This is a link to information provided by Wikimedia Commons. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureForts, Castles
 
Columbarium Tower (dovecot) image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
4. Columbarium Tower (dovecot)
Columbarium Tower (dovecot) image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
5. Columbarium Tower (dovecot)
Columbarium Tower (dovecot) image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
6. Columbarium Tower (dovecot)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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