Some pictures from Qumran and Masada

Yesterday was my first full day in Israel. I was able to visit Qumran, Masada, and then "swim" (a.k.a., float) in the Dead Sea. Here are some pictures:

The ruins of the Qumran settlement.

The ruins of the Qumran settlement.

Cave 4 at Qumran where many of the scrolls were recovered.

Cave 4 at Qumran where many of the scrolls were recovered.

A mikveh at Qumran

A mikveh at Qumran

Remains of a Roman encampment below Masada

Remains of a Roman encampment below Masada

The remains of the ramp constructed by the Romans in order to capture Masada.

The remains of the ramp constructed by the Romans in order to capture Masada.

North palace at Masada.

North palace at Masada.

Synagogue at Masada.

Synagogue at Masada.