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Address: Wadi Qumran, Israel
Phone Number: 02-994-2235
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

These eleven caves were made famous when the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest...

These eleven caves were made famous when the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, were discovered between the years 1947 and 1956.

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Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea scrolls of the Qumran caves were found in 1947 after being hidden for 2000 years. They are a very significant discovery, a strong confirmation of the accuracy of the text... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dead Sea scrolls of the Qumran caves were found in 1947 after being hidden for 2000 years. They are a very significant discovery, a strong confirmation of the accuracy of the text used in our Old Testament Bible today, 1000 years older than any previously found text and matched with more modern versions.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Unless you decide to hike up to the caves at which point I encourage you to bring extreme amounts of water as it is much farther than you think. The ruins in front of it or exciting to see is well

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This site was originally excavated by someone with an agenda and his own theories, which stuck, about what was happening in this settlement near the caves where the dead sea scrolls were found. If you're ambitious, you can hike up to one or more of the nearby caves, but in that case, you must come properly prepared for serious hiking,... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Shame that you cannot enter to cave, but you can get really close. Full of history, with beautiful view. Good for hiking.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

In the upper northwest corner of the Dead Sea off of Highway 90 is the archaeology site of the ancient city of Qumran near the famous caves in the Judean Desert where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Because Qumran is a national park, there is an admission fee to get into the park, but is well worth the price.... More 

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Debrecen, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Four of us began our visit by watching a seven minutes movie that shows an aerial view of the Khirbet Qumran site, then tells the story of the people who lived and worked here 2000 years ago. You can ask for the English version, otherwise you will get the Hebrew version... Worthwile to see the movie before the tour. After... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

The Qumran Caves gives insight into life in ancient times. We stopped by on our way from Bethlehem to Jericho and the Dead Sea. It is absolutely worth going there and it is easy to make a stop in Qumran on your way to the Dead Sea. You should approximately stay there for one hour to see the introduction movie... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Although it is at first disappointing that you are not allowed to go closer to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, it is enough to see the caves where they were found. There is a very interesting movie that tells the history of the people who are thought to have written the scrolls that were discovered by... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Qumran is an ancient settlement where scribes lived with each other in a community and copied important texts. They had strict rules to live there and had special ritual baths, quiet time and important jobs to copy scripts. The Dead Sea Scrolls (oldest copy of the Old Testament we have- dating to the 1st century) were discovered in caves here... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

It seems not everything is crystal clear about the history of this very interesting place. The introductory film shown at the beginning of the ruins tour in the tourist centre tells a simple and plausible story of this place - but aparently there are several stories and theories and more or less each and every archeologist and scientist who worked... More 

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