King Solomon's Mines
King Solomon's Mines
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Along with Solomon's Pillars, King Solomon's Mines are located in the beautiful Timna Park, located in the Negev Desert, about 25 km away from Eilat. The mines themselves are just some unimpressive holes in the ground, from which Copper used to be extracted, back in the time of King Solomon. The Pillars are amazing rock formations that over millennia were eroded by wind and water to nowadays resemble some huge pillars. The Pillars, the Mines, other rock formations and the beautiful images of the desert, make a stop here worthwhile.
Written January 12, 2020
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joel R
Rehovot, Israel54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We were totally surprised how the Timna Park authorities transformed this site from a visit to see Solomon's Pillars, to a whole day experience. Actually the tickets you purchase are good for three days. There is SOOOO much to see; ancient sandstone etchings from the Egyptian period and even prior to that, ancient smelting sites, sandstone arches 30 meters high which you can climb up and then take a trail to the top of a mountain to see a breathtaking view. There are also huge mushrooms that are 4/5 meters high, the result of erosion. Even the visitors center was nice with clean amenities and a movie screen to see the story behind the site. You have over 10 kilometers of unpaved roads to drive through to the various sites and you don't need a jeep to do it. Highly recommend to bring the kids. They will come back exhausted.
Written March 1, 2017
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Yves G
Paris, France332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Scientific attention and public interest was aroused in the 1930s, when Nelson Glueck attributed the copper mining at Timna to King Solomon (10th century BCE) and named the site "King Solomon's Mines". These were considered by most archaeologists to be earlier than the Solomonic period until an archaeological excavation led by Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University's found evidence indicating that this area was being mined by Edomites, a group who the Bible says were frequently at war with Israel.
In 1959, Professor Beno Rothenberg, director of the Institute for Archeo-Metallurgical Studies at University College, London, led the Arabah Expedition, sponsored by the Eretz Israel Museum, and the Tel Aviv University Institute of Archaeology. The expedition included a deep excavation of Timna Valley, and by 1990 he discovered 10,000 copper mines and smelting camps with furnaces, rock drawings, geological features, shrines, temples, an Egyptian mining sanctuary, jewelry, and other artifacts never before found anywhere in the world. His excavation and restoration of the area allowed for the reconstruction of Timna Valley’s long and complex history of copper production, from the Late Neolithic period to the Middle Ages.
Geological features

King Solomon's Pillars.
Timna Valley is notable for its uncommon stone formations and sand. Although predominantly red, the sand can be yellow, orange, grey, dark brown, or black. Light green or blue sand occurs near the copper mines. Water and wind erosion have created several unusual formations that are only found in similar climates.

Solomon's Pillars[edit]

The Mushroom.

Hoodoo in Timna Park.
The most striking and well-known formation in Timna Valley are Solomon's Pillars. The pillars are natural structures that were formed by centuries of water erosion through fractures in the sandstone cliff until it became a series of distinct, pillar-shaped structures.

American archaeologist Nelson Glueck caused a surge of attention for the pillars in the 1930s. He claimed that the pillars were related to King Solomon and gave them the name "Solomon's Pillars".[citation needed] Although his hypothesis lacked support and has not been accepted, the name stuck, and the claim gave the valley the attention that helped bring about the excavations and current national park.

The pillars are known as the backdrop for evening concerts and dance performances the park presents in the summer.[15]

Mushroom

The Arches.
The Mushroom is an unusual monolithic, mushroom-shaped, red sandstone rock formation known as a hoodoo. The mushroom shape was caused by wind, humidity, and water erosion over centuries. The Mushroom is surrounded by copper ore smelting sites from between the 14th and 12th centuries BCE.

Arches
The Arches are natural arches formed by erosion, as well, and can be seen along the western cliff of the valley. Arches are not as rare as Solomon's Pillars and the Mushroom, and similar structures can be found in elsewhere in the world. The walking trail that goes to the Arches also goes past the copper mine shafts.
Written August 15, 2015
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levmarc1
Eilat, Israel53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
A great place in the Timna natural reserve park. These pilars called the King's Solomon's Mines are just a little place to see and discover at the Timna' Reserve. Dont forget to climb up the hill on the right of the pilars and then to see the ancient egyptians drawings on the wall, as well as to arrive to an ancient egyptian temple.
Written July 20, 2016
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Sarah H
East Africa80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Sites well signed but not obtrusively. Go prepared for fierce sun,,comfy shoes & enough water. Stunning scenery, ancient historical sites.
Written June 16, 2015
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Renee P
Middleburg, FL73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
As you walk through the park and experience moments from the past, it becomes quite humbling. The walking tour, within the park, brings portions of history alive in ways that will leave you changed forever.
Written January 31, 2018
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cristian p
Arad County, Romania200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
excelent time there must bring kids. The final drop and the splash of water hm... :) you must feel this on your own skin, one day of my life that i will remember.
Written October 2, 2015
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Irmeli K
Helsinki, Finland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
King Solomon's Mines are worth to see at Timna Park. Take proper shoes though for your short trekking tour.
Written March 16, 2015
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Bea K
Rehovot73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
This is not exactly King Solomon's Mines, but is a mountain very near by. The trek starts out as a relatively flat trail off the road about 10 km north of Eilat, but quickly turns into a challenging (intermediate level) uphill climb to the top of the mountain. The vistas are impressive and the desert is magnificent in its serenity and permanence.
I would suggest thick socks, excellent hiking shoes and gloves, and of course, water. This kind of hike is better in the spring or in the early morning, rather than in the extreme heat of the day.
Written February 17, 2015
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,043 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
It is conceivable that "real" King Solomon's Mines were here way back in time since the area was famous for its copper mines. The Solomon's Pillars are the highlight and major stop in Timna Park. They are majestic and beautiful.
Written February 10, 2017
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