Built by Herod the Great, Masada was a fortress repurposed during the Jewish revolt against Roman authority. The Sicarii settled at this place after Titus’ destruction of the Second Temple. Roman garrisons sieged the fort for months without gaining ground, due to the single-track access road to the top. Recognizing that their situation was hopeless, the Sicarii refused to submit to the Roman justice system and took their own lives. A mass suicide of 960 put an end to the siege, reminding future generations that oppression always finds freedom-seeking resistance.