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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Address: Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road (no. 35) opposite Kibbutz Bet Guvrin, Jerusalem, Israel (Givat Ram)
Phone Number: 08-681-2957
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Ranked #7 of 184 Attractions in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological sites that visitors can...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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Type: Ancient Ruins, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological sites that visitors can explore.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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Teaneck, NJ
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118 reviews 118 reviews
76 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Netanya
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Last week I guided a tour in Maresha and the area. We entered a few caves and also visited Tel Azeka and listened to the story of David fighting Goliath. We ended the day with a 2 and a half hours digging activity in which the participants became archaeologists for one day... Duby Tour guide in Israel bear174@gmail.com

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Zurich, Switzerland
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18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a 'must see' place for all ages. It is ,however, limited to those who do not have difficulty walking (although not long distances) and as most is underground being able to maneuver steps is necessary. The children as well as the adults will love discovering the caves. This area dates back to 2 - 3 centuries BCE! The... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

exploring life in the past, in cool caves, each one varied. Art work, masonry, and storage devices form 2000 years back. an opportunity to pick nick in nature.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Hire a car and visit this site. Well worth it. You need to be ready to walk and in the summer shade is limited...but wow. This 1250 acre park is full of plaes to visit,caves and wineries and more.

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Dallas, Texas
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172 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We've been to Bet Guvrin a few times and this birthplace of Herod never ceases to amaze. It is a very varied park and stands on its own as a destination. Explore the bell caves, artistic burial chambers, see the three-story archeological home and olive presses, or simply enjoy a wonderful picnic location. Lots of good hiking. Lovely in the... More 

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