Masada is a historical mountain. From ancient times, it was a fortress for about 1000 Israelites. When the Romans were conquering Israel, they tried to capture Masada. From Masada, you can see where the 15,000 Roman soldiers camped on a nearby hill. The Romans eventually built a giant ramp that breached the walls of Masada. There was no battle, for the defenders of Masada had committed suicide rather than die at the hands of the Romans.