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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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Outstanding National Heritage site

we were unfamiliar with the Caves of Maresha, and were unprepared for the history of this area. do go with a good guide and you will learn so much. we went from cave to cave... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

we were unfamiliar with the Caves of Maresha, and were unprepared for the history of this area. do go with a good guide and you will learn so much. we went from cave to cave underground, seeing where our ancestors pressed olive oil, stored food, lived and raised doves for food and sacrifice. it was a very hot day, and... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Went there last week while in Israel and loved it! It was amazing to see some of the caves and to find out how they were made. They also have ancient oil presses and cave dwellings from ancient times. This was my second time there and I still haven't seen all of the areas that are open to the public.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We never tire of visiting this magnificent National Park. It is a large park and having a vehicle is helpful, but not essential. The park provides a brochure with a map, suggested touring and walking routes - and they even provide a "handicapped- and stroller- accessible route. The park has a phenomenal columbarium (for raising doves) with over 2000 nesting... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The caves at the park are amazing - well-kept, an exciting experience for young ones and for grownups - not far from Jerusalem, yet out in nature - highly recommended.

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Rexburg, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

They have multiple things that are worth seeing. The Bell Caves are fascinating, as well as the Zidonian Caves, the underground dove cotes, the Olive Press, underground store rooms and rooms where people lived underground. It is fun to just go exploring and see where peoples from long ago lived and prospered.

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Arlington,Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Much to see. Very large park making a car an essential for getting around. Well marked for getting around. The caves are magnificent, especially the Sidonian caves.

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Darjeeling, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Mareshah was part of a tribal area of Judah, belonging to the descendants of Caleb. Excavations show us that the highest part of the tel is the fortified upper city, which is close to 500 feet in diameter. Also in the neighbourhood are the Bell caves a sight worth watching and experiencing, its like getting into an airconditioned room, absolutely... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Beautiful digs. On hot days prefer early or late entrance. Be prepared to crawl in narrow dusty spaces (optional). Sometimes concerts are given here - amazing acoustics.

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Nelson, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Just visited 4 of the many caves but well worth it. Great to have a driver /guide to take us from cave to cave. Otherwise expect a lot of walking in blazing sun. Don't miss the dovecote cave or the bell cave. Truly awe enshrining. We didn't do dig for a day but kids would probably love it.

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Nahariya, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Beit Guvrin National Park is located near Kiryat Gat. Site shows a Roman amphitheater, the remains of a fortress and the remains of a church from the Crusader period. However, the uniqueness of the site is the numerous caves scattered in it. You can move between the cave area with a private vehicle or go walking path length of about... More 

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