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Qumran Caves

Address: Wadi Qumran, Israel
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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 1956.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Interesting visit, with good hikes in the the cliffs. This is the place where they discovered (and perhaps written) the dead sea scrolls. It's a short visit if you are not hiking. There's a short video and a little museum describing the lifestyle of the Essenes, the people who lived and learned here. Great gift shop- a bit pricey

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The site includes a small museum as well as 2000 year old ruins from the community that used to dwell there. There is a spectacular view of some of the caves where the Scrolls were found (note that you can't actually visit the caves itself). Considering the size of the museum, there is quite a large store there - souvenirs,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Seeing where the caves are is amazing. It would have been almost impossible to find and get up there. It is right on the Dead Sea, so stop off there afterwards. It's also great to see the ruins and remains of the community that used to live there

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Moscow, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We hike up the trail ascending the mountain it was hot and a rough hike but the view was spectacular. I also enjoyed the ruins and learning of the people who had written the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This was no big deal. Be sure to go to the museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls because the cave isn't anything special.

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Zagare, Siauliu Apskritis, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Qumran is the location of the Dead Sea sect that gave the world the Dead Sea Scrolls, the greatest literary find of the 20th Century. A small museum, an excellent video, and well preserved ruins of ritual baths and cisterns, plus a great look-out at cave 4, striking mountain scenery, and access to hiking trails, make this...

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We loved seeing these caves. I wanted so badly to be able to go in them and explore. But of course you can not do that. 2 shepherd boys found the Dead Sea Scrolls in clay jars in one of the caves. Our guide explained that because this area is the lowest point on earth it caused weather conditions to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Qumran is the location of the Dead Sea sect that gave the world the Dead Sea Scrolls, the greatest literary find of the 20th Century. A small museum, an excellent video, and well preserved ruins of ritual baths and cisterns, plus a great look-out at cave 4, striking mountain scenery, and access to hiking trails, make this an impressive site.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Unfortunately I hiked up Masada before I came here. What a let down. I knew I could not get to the caves and the ones you can see from the par are not the ones where the scrolls were found, but the lame rock lined path of what was supposed to be a settlement was poorly done and hardly realistic.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered at Qumran in the Judean Desert. Because they were stored in clay jars and because of the desert environment, many scrolls were somewhat intact when they were discovered nearly 2000 years after they were hidden away. Actual scrolls, remnants, and copies are on display in Jerusalem. The Qumran exhibit has an introductory film that... More 

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