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Qumran Caves

Address: Wadi Qumran, Israel
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Zagare, Siauliu Apskritis, Lithuania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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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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Citluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I traveled with small group of friends in march 2014. as a group of pilgrimage tour from Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was one of our stops during our stay. Qumran Caves are a series of caves, some natural, some artificial, found around the archaeological site of Qumran in the Judaean Desert. It is in a number of these caves that... More 

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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Having spent four weeks in Israel this summer excavating at Tel Beth-Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, this was the one site on my 'must see places' list I had yet to visit. Taking the service bus from Jerusalem and heading east, down towards the Dead Sea, the journey took about an hour. With standing room only, it was not the most... More 

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Chestertown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Our driver took us to this National Park during our visit to the Dead Sea and it was definitely worth the stop. There is a brief movie and exhibit explaining the background, but the best part is being able to see the caves (at a distance) and an excellent view of the Dead Sea from above.

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singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Here in Qumran National Park, you can see the caves where the thousand year old scrolls were discovered between 1946 and 1956. Better known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, these ancient manuscripts were located in these Qumran Caves about 2km from the Dead Sea, thus deriving their name.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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