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Qumran Caves

Wadi Qumran, Israel
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As featured in Daytrips from Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: These eleven caves were made famous when the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, were discovered between the years 1947 and... more » Owner description: These eleven caves were made famous when the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, were discovered between the years 1947 and 1956. « less
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Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was one of the last stops on our tour of Israel and it was a good place to stop at. The history involved here is so completely fascinating, and it is possible to walk to some of the caves though the walk is fairly far and mostly up hill.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Qumran doesn't have much to see, but it has the best energy I have ever felt. It is serene and loving. If you are someone who is sensitive to energy, then take Qumran in. You will love it. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, skip it. There's not much to see.

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Macae, RJ
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Qumran caves take you back to over two thousand years ago! It is amazing to see where the Dead Sea scrolls where found and preserved for over centuries. Be prepared for some hiking and unforgettable experience.

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Sydney, Australia
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

You begin with a short video giving some brief history and some great photography of the area. Then you walk through where they've setup some things to look at and then you go outside and look around the ruins of a very old building. They say it's ~2000 years old although I suspect some not-so-subtle renovations have been done as... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Qumran is a great historical place. For me it was the fact that a settlement existed there during the time of Jesus and John the Baptist. There is a fee for entry, but it allows you to have a free entry to a short film of the people (the Essenes) who lived there. It can get quite hot there, make... More

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cleveland
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30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

There is nothing original here. You can see the caves at a distance and see a film. I don't think it's worth the time and effort in spite of the history.

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New York
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Like all national parks, there is a nominal admission fee (support the park and its effort to preserve and perpetuate history). The leaflet provides enough information to get an idea of the place (however, unless you are travelling independently you will probably not have enough time to read it at the spot to fully appreciate what you see. If you... More

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Auckland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

This is a good companion/follow-up to the Shrine of the Book. I think having a guide was definitely helpful because otherwise it's hard to tell what's what on the the actual site. It's an amazing feeling, knowing how deep the history goes here. If you have a real interested in the the history and archaeology, I would again recommend a... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Its a go and see visit..the caves you can see from a distant, several bath places , one can only imagine how they manage with all those baths to have enough water..but they did, had seen the very interesting water system that brings water to the mountain desert. Just amazing imagining their lives during those early days. It does help... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

You can't get close to the caves. Have to stand miles back and look out at dirt hills.. Not worth the money.,

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