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Qumran Caves

Wadi Qumran, Israel
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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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A viist starts with a film show BUT BEWARE if you suffer from Vertigo etc, as one of our group had to leave almost immediately as the film shots swoop and twist over the desert while the naration takes place. It made her feel quite ill and I don't think there are any warning notices - none I noticed anyway.... More

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Seattle WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Go here early so you can avoid crowds. Its a nice place to relax and read the monument markers. Its got a great route so its a place you can go without a guide. You cant actually go into the caves but you can see the cave and how the clay jars were made, and how they lived. Worth a... More

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

Qumran National Park plays host to the famous ancient settlement of Qumran and the original location of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls sat undisturbed, deep in the caves of the desert for millennia and were discovered prior to the 1948 War of Independence.

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Washington
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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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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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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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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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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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