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Near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Israel
 

The Water Gate

שער המים

 
 
The Water Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
1. The Water Gate Marker
Close up view of the text on the historical marker.
Inscription. The path that climbed to Masada from the west via the cisterns terminated at this gate. Visitors to the mountain and the beasts of burden that carried water took this path to the summit of Masada. A channel starting at the gate carried to some of the cisterns on the mountain.

The stone paving of the gate was intended to prevent damage to the surface from the animals' hooves.
 
Location. 31° 19.065′ N, 35° 21.224′ 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 in the northern section of the fortifications, in the Roman ruins of the Northern Palace.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rebel's Community Life (here, next to this marker); The Discovery Location of the "Lots" (a few steps from this marker); Bathing in Roman Style (within shouting distance of this marker); The Synagogue
Water Cistern image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
2. Water Cistern
View of a water cistern located on Masada.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The "Casemate of the Scrolls" (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Columbarium Tower (dovecot) (about 150 meters away); The Breaching Point (about 150 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Water Cistern image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
3. Water Cistern
Another view of a water cistern located on Masada.
 
 
Categories. AnthropologyForts, Castles
 
Water Cistern image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
4. Water Cistern
View of a water cistern near the northwestern edge of Masada.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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