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Beit She'an National Park

Beit She'an, Israel
(06) 658 7189
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Ranked #44 of 562 Attractions in Israel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: Established in the 5th century B.C. on a hilltop south of Nahal Harod, this park is one of the world’s largest archaeological sites containing an entire Roman-Byzantine city.
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Columbia, SC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We were traveling in Israel with a guide and had first stopped for lunch at a nearby falafal stand. Then we walked over to Beit She'an and wow, they are spectacular. This city was not destroyed by war or gradual neglect but by an earthquake so we were seeing many of the things that had not been changed since they... More

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North Hollywood, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was about a 30 minute ride south of Tiberius and Lake Galilee. The ruins are fascinating. It's basically the leftover from a thriving ancient roman/byzantine city that used to be there. There's the traditional roman theater, cardo main road, temples, pools/saunas etc. If you walk up the small mountain that overlooks the archeological site, the ruins of an ancient... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

6000 yr old city. Most of the excavations from the Roman time. The site provides nice impression of the life during that period.. A local guide tour is recommended (free). try to find his schedule ahead. We had Igal Mazor. highly knowledgeable and colorful guide.

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This 2nd century city of Scythopolis was by far one of the most fascinating of the roman cities I have visited while in Israel. We hiked up the mountain from behind the park. As we approached the top and the city came into view it was a total wow moment. The vantage point was amazing. Then it just got better... More

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Potomac,MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A Roman city, excavated and partially restored, with an amphitheater that is more authentic than Caesarea which is basically a reconstruction.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Beit Alfa National Park, boasts the remains of one of the most beautiful synagogue mosaic floors in Israel, dating from the early sixth century CE. Located on Kibbutz Heftziba in the eastern Jezreel Valley, the colorful folk-art style designs of the floor reveals the allegiance of the ancient congregation to Jewish tradition and their community, as well as its links... More

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beit Shean is an entire town that has been excavated. It was the biblical city where King Saul was beheaded, his head draped over the city wall. It was a Roman city, a Greek city, and a Byzantine City at different times. The excavation is huge and most impressive. The central road of down town is intact, and it is... More

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S. Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Lots of colonnaded streets, temples, theaters and artifacts from the time of Alexander the Great. Parts of Jesus Christ Superstar were filmed here. Definitely worth a 2-3 hour visit.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This site is not to be missed. Dating back to biblical times, it exceeded my expectations and was nicer than (gasp!) The acropolis in Athens.I had visiteda few years ago during the summer and the weather was a bit hot even for me....found about about the night tours and wow!! The place is lit up and has sounds and music... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is Israel's largest archeological site. Ruins span centuries here. There is the Egyptian Governor's mansion from the days of the Canaanites, sites from the Philistines to King David, to the Hellenistic Greeks, Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Arabs and Ottomans. In 749 C.E. The city was destroyed by an earthquake and fire before the Crusaders and Ottomans came here. Walking... More

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