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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

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Address: Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road (no. 35) opposite Kibbutz Bet Guvrin, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone Number: 08-681-2957
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Description: This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological...
This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological sites that visitors can explore.
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A place you can see the history of the land of Israel and understand the connections of the Jews to their land.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Eshtaol
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A place you can see the history of the land of Israel and understand the connections of the Jews to their land.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My group only had 2 hours at this area and we went away wishing we had spent the entire day there. We volunteered in a dig in Cave 89 named Lucy. One of our group found an entire plate that our guide said was "museum quality". Our guide was Missy and she was fantastic - energetic and passionate about archaeology... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

You can enjoy Bet Guvrin on two levels - take a walk unguided, gawp at the spectacular caves and read the descriptions explaining the strange carvings and archeological discoveries, or take a guide and enjoy a deep-dive into life here over 2000 years ago. Either way, there's a lot to take in, but the second option means you should allow... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A Unique place still excavating daily , Upper City; 169 caves so far found. but those are not really caves…….this is a major underground city. This city was built between 1st and 4th century BCE , After the Iron age (the old biblical period) was established in Judea Hills. In Upper hill, you will find a major compound of an... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I enjoyed the grounds of this park just as much as the caves and historical sites. It is a large place though, so make sure you have enough time to get back to your car before they close!

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Teaneck, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Bet Guvrin is an active archaeological dig where you can actually learn about how archaeologists work, go down into a tunnel and participate in an excavation and then go through some tunnels to see archaeological remains....it is fascinating. Some of the tunnels are tricky to maneuver, and ladders are used. Well worth the trip and fee.

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Albania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The park is a big space with number of caves and under the surface spaces dug during the different eras. Most of the objects are of limited interest for lay people because their rough shape is only tentatively connected to the old time use. In general the area is beautiful and the forest around are well accessible. Lots of the... More 

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Lexington, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was the second best archaeological site we saw on our trip where Petra was our first and Caesaria was our 3rd. But I love caves! Wear durable shoes.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We participated in a group archaeology dig and then visited some excavated and non-excavated caves. A great way to get your hands dirty and it's not every day you can sift through 2,000 year-old pottery pieces. Good fun for kids and adults.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Must-do in Israel. A real site. Yes, they are letting you pay to dig for them, but it finances the project and this is one of the few places where un-trained laborers are both helpful and may find something interesting. And to cave walk-crawl (mostly passages from chamber to chamber) is a thrill for the common vacationer. Dress down for... More 

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