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Beit She'an National Park

Beit She'an, Israel
(06) 658 7189
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Ranked #38 of 534 attractions in Israel
Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Although settlement in the Bet Sheán area started as early as the late Neolithic/early Chalcolithic periods , some 8000 years ago -what you see nowadays in the Bet Sheán National Park excavations , are amazing remains dated from Egyptian period on to Biblical period , Helenic and Roman periods, untill Byzantine period : The city of Bet Sheán was totaly... More

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Montreal, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We were thoroughly impressed at the ruins at Beit She'an National Park even though our tour group only had a two-hour stop. Being strategically located, this ancient yet still thriving city has been amazingly excavated to show civilizations from 5000 BCE to Egyptian, Biblical kings, Assyrian, Greek, Roman, Christian Byzantine and Arab Caliphate period, when it was completely devastated by... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Well done archaeological site in Israel. Not only Roman but Byzantine, Arab, and much older remnants from Egyptian and Biblical periods. When we visited it was considerably less busy than many better known sites, but was well laid out and maintained with adequate signage to understand what you are looking at. So far only about 10% of the site has... More

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portland, or
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48 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

THese, I thought, were the best ruins in the country, better than Ceserea IMO. Great example of a byzantine city, lots of columns, and tile work present. I would definitely try to make it there if you can

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Westchester County, NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Extensive Roman era ruins with a fascinating story in a beautiful setting. Worth the drive. Really able to visualize life in the city. Amazing construction.

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Northern Virginia
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Your opinion of Beit She'an will depend on which other Roman cities you have visited. If you haven't seen any others this will seem excellent. Volubilis in Morocco is somewhat better and Ephesus in Turkey is probably the best of the Roman cities. Beit She'an has a good example of Roman baths. Visit if you are nearby.

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Los Angeles
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

There has been enough preservation done to allow you to feel like you are in an ancient Roman built city in Israel, but not so much that it feels like a theme park. Most interesting, to me, are the works in progress, and the columns that have not been put back upright. If you have the energy and leg power,... More

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Berkeley, California
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Definitely worth your time. Wonderful amphitheater, good main street, Roman baths, fascinating mosaics, generally well preserved temples. Over the years we've been to a number of preserved Roman and Greek cities, and this is one of the very best.

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Jerusalem, Arkansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This ancient city was destroyed by an earthquake. The excavations revealed most of the well preserved antiquities in wonderful condition, reconstructed to show how it must have looked like when habitated.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

it is one of the biggest excavated sites in Israel whit its bathhouse and cardo. take your time to understand the importance to this ancient city and the opulence when it was in its prime. i suggest you have a guide or guide book to assist you there. i would suggest a good hour to go through the site and... More

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