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Qumran Caves

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Address: Wadi Qumran, Israel
Phone Number: 02-994-2235
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: These eleven caves were made famous when the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest...
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.
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Absolutely stunning!

It was an absolutely incredible experience walking in this place, even if it was quite hot but the scenery is stunning. and the story it hides is even more incredible!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It was an absolutely incredible experience walking in this place, even if it was quite hot but the scenery is stunning. and the story it hides is even more incredible!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Mainly interesting for lovers of History & Archaeology. Not for teenagers or young children who might find it boring. Nice to actually see for yourself where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and learn about the Essene sect that wrote them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

While you can't go into these caves, the museum tour and movie is very helpful and worthwhile. They have replicas of the pottery urns some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in, and this is worthwhile as you tank up on your Christian history.

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Beyond breathtaking views from the mountainside, one can see the tiny likelihood that these caves holding the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered, given the number of caves, plus the challenge of even reaching them. We were permitted to explore the ruins and excavations. Thank you. The Qumran Caves Visitor Center had nice multi-media and exhibits. This was our first stop... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

You start your tour of the area with a video and then walk among the ruins and excavations on a boardwalk. In the distance, you can see the actual cave where the first jars containing the Dead Sea Scrolls was found. It looked like you could also go climbing in the caves, but I was on a tour, so that... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

wandering round the archaeological site and the small museum.There is also a short film.Everything is well signposted so no difficulty encountered.It's like going back 2000 years. Loved this site.There is also a restaurant and gift shop with a large variety of attractive and useful items relating to the area.

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Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Before going to the Dead Sea, we went though the ruins of the Qumran caves.It is famous as the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a literary treasure trove hidden since shortly after the time of Christ. Evidence discovery of an ascetic Jewish sect living in Jesus' time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Great piece of history where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered by accident. Great site and so worth a visit. Great for Christians and Jews and the same for historians.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We stopped at Qumran on our way to Masada. The park itself is compact and well organized. The introductory film is excellent and gives the casual visitor enough information to make the visit even more worthwhile. The ruins aren't very extensive, you can see the scroll caves and walk through the site in less than an hour. Definitely worth visiting!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We visited this site on our way back from Masada.As you may know the site is where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.It was good to go there as part of our trip and the scenery as you drive from Jerusalem changes dramatically as you approach the Judean wilderness.You will also see a few Bedouin camps along the roadside. The... More 

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