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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 #17 of 233 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Ancient ruins, 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: National Parks, Ancient ruins, 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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London
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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76 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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82 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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 reviews 7 reviews
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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