MASADA: THE ROCK-HEWN CISTERNS
One of the water reservoirs cut into the rock of Masada
Masada sat on the top of a barren, windswept plateau. It had no natural water supply of its own.
So Herod cut vast water reservoirs into the rock underneath the fortress - see for the location of these man-made caverns.
With this water, Herod was able to make the desert bloom. The garden plots on the summit of Masada were even able to provide fresh fruit and vegetables.
They also furnished water for the elaborate baths with which the palace was equipped, and the mikvehs or ritual baths which were (and still are) an important part of Jewish religious ritual.
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