Climbing Masada at dawn is impressive, not only bcause of the silence, but also the change of light and the hundreds of people that experience a place steeped in so much cruel and heroic history. The change of light during the day, causes each point on the horizon to change. The hordes of tourists thin throughout the afternoon due to the heat, but the views deserve a quiet walk around much more than a quick glance and then rushing back down to the Dead Sea. At the north edge of the Jordan Valley, to the South the salt from the Dead Sea, to the west the Judean desert, and to the east the Moab mountains, all the while crossing the ruins Hasmonean Jewish Zealots, Romans and Byzantines have left throughout history. A place to reconsider how far one can take the fight for freedom.
The city of Jesus was the ancient town of Galilee. It's located along the Sea of Galilee or Lake Tiberias, whose ruins were discovered in 1838 by Edward Robinson, a geographer. Taking a walk through the ruins is amazing. The remains from the ancient city are made of stone and you can even see the foundation of St. Peter's house, which is the highlight of the ruins. An octagonal church was built there and its floors reveal the remains of the house. The grounds are spectacular as there are flowers of every color and they're very well maintained.
This magnificent Basilica of Annunciation was completed in 1966 and is one of the most revered temples of the Christian faith. The Church is quite modern and built on the ruins of other Byzantine and Crusader churches, You can see the remains of some of these. This is the traditional site of the Annunciation. The building is imposing and consits of two floors. It has an ornate dome and coated copper pyramid. The first floor hold the Grotto of the Annunciation, flanked by two columns of red granite. The top floor, connected by a wide staircase, is a parish church used for public services. You can enter by the western porch or the open archway on the south side of the building. The designer, Professor Muzio, has introduced a decorative front, altar, pulpit, reliefs and murals. A tour is available of the outer corridor that houses mosaics with images of virgins of the world, including several Spanish and even Andorra. Depending on location you can see what's interesting about the different interpretations.