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Qumran Caves

Address: Wadi Qumran, Israel
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Qumran is among the most famous unknown sites in the world. This is the site of the finding of the famous Dead Sea scrolls. It is also the same basic area where King David hid from Solomon. There is a visitor center and a great hiking trail. The first few hundred meters is an easy walk for anyone. After that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Its a half hour from Jerusalem the road are quite good and safe. They present a nice show and show a good tour.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It wasn't a huge site but it was nice. They were working on the "boardwalk " when we were there. We ate lunch here as well . I liked the meatballs .

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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