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Address: Wadi Qumran, Israel
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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Arid desert with caves which told us a lot

This deserted place is where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in the last century. It is a significant place and is where the Essenes (John the Baptist is said to have been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is an amazing historic place where the dead sea scrolls were found by some young men and sold for a tiny bit of money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

a place where the holy bible original scrolls were founded. the museum is quiet good, with some illustration about the scrolls and the invention itself. it was nice experience, you can buy some souvenirs at the shop.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

What a fascinating place! All I knew from this place was that it was the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. After a quick lunch at the huge cafeteria-style restaurant and the shopping spree on location, our group ventured into the archaeological site. The tour started with a film about the Essenes and what their daily life must... More 

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Florida
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1952 along with many other artifacts. We never realized the volume of artifacts that were found. There is a film presentation explaining the finds and a little museum. Quite a history lesson!

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Herts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Now Qumran is in a rocky desert. Then it was near the Dead Sea. It is an amazing place with a fascinating history. There is a presentation to set the scene and then a small museum to walk through before you go outside to see the ruins of the building and the cave where the scrolls were found.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is by the Dead Sea and not far from Masada. There are ruins where the Essenes lived, ate and prayed. You can see this,Masada and spend time at the Dead Sea in one day and make it back to Jerusalem.

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This deserted place is where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in the last century. It is a significant place and is where the Essenes (John the Baptist is said to have been one of this sect) bathed and lived

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

While interesting because of it's historic significance, time in the area is better spent at Masada or the Dead Sea. The story of the discovery of the scrolls is interesting, but a better explanation and the actual scrolls can be found in Jerusalem. Stop if you have the time.

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A great place to visit, especially for hiking. The longer optional path to the mountain is not ideal for small children but on any other case is an absolute must!

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harrisburg pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Any trip to Masada and the Dead Sea must include this stop. A Bedouin shepard boy looking for his lost goat discovered a cave full of jars. These jars were found to contain 190 scrolls that turned out to be the oldest existing versions of biblical scriptures. The ability to walk out to see the actual caves was an amazing... More 

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