The Masada fortress is a place of gaunt and majestic beauty which became one of the Jewish people's greatest symbols as the place where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood. More than two thousand years have passed since the fall of the Masada fortress but it has never lost its attraction for the people and is known for its heroism and strength. After the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, the defenders joined by zealots and their families who had fled from Jerusalem. There, they held out for three years, raiding and harassing the Romans. All the people in the fortress were killed in battles; those ones who stayed alive made a decision to commit suicide but not to be captured to turn into slaves of Rome. Masada become UNESCO World Heritage Designation.