Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Central District

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Take a tour of the World Heritage Site of Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, a vast archaeological complex that contains the remains of two ancient cities. One of the cities, Maresha, dates back to the eighth-century BCE kingdom of Judah, while Beit Guvrin, then known as Eleutheropolis, was inhabited in the Roman and Byzantine periods. Discover thousands of bell-shaped subterranean caves that dot the hills of the historic site, forming a labyrinthine network of quarries, baths, hideaways, storage facilities, and even burial grounds. Apart from the caverns, you can also visit the remains of a Roman amphitheater, and a church that was rebuilt by 12th-century crusaders. Plan your visit to Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Givat Yeshayahu tourist route planner.
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  • My family had a great time visiting Bet Guvrin-Maresha! We had a very nice guide for the archaeological dig, and everyone in our group found some ancient remains. For the kids, (15 years) they felt li...  more »
  • We were delighted to find Maresha. It brought the parable of the "wheat and the tares" to life for us and the pigeon "columbarium" was so interesting. I'd definitely keep this on my list as a "go to" ...  more »
  • Ancient man-carved caves. Originally used as a quarry, local population found other uses for the caves. Placed in a beautiful region of Israel, one can explore the caves and history dating back thousa...  more »