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Masada National Park, Israel
Masada National Park, Israel

Masada National Park

Masada is an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. It's on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea.
Photo by Cristina Gottardi
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Capital: Jerusalem, IL

Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Lebanon

Government: State of Israel

Currency: new Israeli shekels (ILS)

Area: 21,937 sq km

Population: 8,787,045 (includes populations of the Golan Heights or Golan Sub-District and also East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel after 1967) (July 2021 est.)

Languages: Hebrew (official), Arabic (special status under Israeli law), English (most commonly used foreign language)

Religion: Jewish 74.1%, Muslim 17.9%, Christian 1.9%, Druze 1.6%, other 4.5% (2019 est.)

TimeZone: UTC+2

Tel Code: +972

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