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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road (no. 35) opposite Kibbutz Bet Guvrin, Jerusalem, Israel (Givat Ram)
08-681-2957
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Ranked #14 of 168 attractions in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I found an actual Hasmonean-era (or maybe pre-Hasmonean-era) idol here, on a 1/2 day dig with Architectural Seminars. It's the size of about 2 fingers, and was of a woman's head -- distinct enough that her eyes, nose, mouth, and braided hair were all clear. The experience of digging in the caves -- and climbing through the unexcavated caves, is... More

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Only had time to see two of the many caves there, but this will be at the top of our itinerary for our next trip to Israel. The Sidonian burial cave dates back to the 302nd century BCE has cave pictures restored based on Archeologists photos. The Bell caves were enormous, cool, unearthly and beautiful- no bats, just a few... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

In the heart of the nature and fields you get a large variety of interesting caves. Plan your trip ahead and choose wisely different caves you want to attend. On your way there to miss "Tel Azeka" that gives you amazing view of the Ella valley where David fought Goliat June-September will be too hot after 10AM...

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Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Dig for a day program (which must be booked in advance) is a really informative and enjoyable activity for both adults and kids. After visiting so many archeological sites throughout Israel, it really helps you to understand how the discoveries are made, and how inferences are arrived at. We participated in this program after touring Israel for a few days... More

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quebec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The dig for a day is an abdominal,ute must or anybody but especially if you are travelling with kids. It was o much fun, so interesting and a great adventure. We all loved it.

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London, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Kids playing basketball is about all you can see, still a nice place to sit after a long days walk. Nothing special to be honest

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Villa Rica, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We made a stop at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park on our way from Jerusalem to Eilat and found lots to see. This park had a number of very different sites to see including caves that had been used as a dovecot, bell caves that are believed to be man-made quarries for building materials and burial caves among other things. The... More

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Thanks to another reviewer on here I contacted the Archeological Seminars who do professional digs at this site, and we were able to get an appointment 3 days from me contacting them (which happened to be our last day in Israel). We spent that day digging, sifting, crawling through caves and enjoying the amazing history and knowledge of the guides.... More

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New York
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The national park offers an amazing experience to visitors! In addition to its history (which you can read about in the pamphlet given at the park or the website) the Park is an amazing place to spend the day. It offers enough to see to spend as little or as much time as you want (NOTE the opening times on... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I visited here as part of an organised Holy Land tour in Dec 13, so the time available to spend there was limited, and unfortunately the weather was atypical, very wet & windy so exploration of the above ground parts of this National Park wasn't possible. The Bell caves, Columbarium and Hellenistic tomb alone were worth the trip there but... More

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