Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

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  • 1. Beit Guvrin–Maresha National Park

    Ruins

    This national park encompasses some 1,250 acres of rolling hills in the Judean lowlands, where for thousands of years people dug quarries, burial...Read More

  • 2. Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

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    This beautiful nature reserve has a number of well-marked trails to explore, all of which are off the main entrance. It is home to Nahal David...Read More

  • 3. Masada

    Ruins

    A symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, Masada (Hebrew for "fortress") towers majestically over the western shore of the Dead Sea. Its unusual...Read More

  • 4. Qumran National Park

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    The sandy caves in the cliffs north of the Dead Sea yielded the most significant archaeological find ever made in Israel: the Dead Sea Scrolls...Read More

  • 5. Dig for a Day

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    Archaeological Seminars, in Jerusalem, runs this program at Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park. The three-hour activity includes supervised digging...Read More

  • 6. Hisham's Palace

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    Known as Khirbet al-Mafjar in Arabic, this restored palace has exquisite stonework and a spectacular mosaic floor. Hisham was a scion of the...Read More

  • 7. St. Mary of the Resurrection Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Crusaders believed that Abu Gosh was the site where Jesus revealed himself after his resurrection, and in the 12th century they built this...Read More

  • 8. Tel Arad National Park

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    The 250-acre site of the biblical city of Arad (to the northwest of the modern city) contains the remains of a major metropolis from the Bronze...Read More

  • 9. Tel Beit Shemesh

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    This low-profile archaeological site has fine views of the fields of Nahal Soreq, where Samson dallied with Delilah (Judges 16). When the Philistines...Read More

  • 10. Tel Jericho

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    Also called Tel es-Sultan (Sultan's Hill), the archaeological site of Tel Jericho covers the legendary ancient city. Nearly 200 years of excavations...Read More

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