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. Make Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park part of your personalized Beit Shemesh itinerary using our Beit Shemesh visit planning tool .
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  • a series of natural caves in limestone white, bring you a witness to life (tanks, presses a oil, and especially beautiful COLOMBARIUMS and sepulures in vaults)
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  • We took a trip to Beit Guvrin with a child of one year and ten months. The trip is not really easy with a small child, but really enjoyable We did not do the whole trail, only the caves that are close...  more »
  • What a fantastic site of historic interest. Allie a full day for this amazing adventure of caves and, in one, tunnels. Yo make the best use of time follow the instructions on the guide sheet. The amph...  more »
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  • Very interesting place. At spring it also very green and many flowers. Many places to make picnic. Caves worth visiting at every age. Children were excited and wanted more caves. No shade almost during the trail.
  • Interesting park featuring cave dwellings spread over miles of countryside so it's good you can take for car in and drive between sites. You can walk but this is best not done in the summer as there is almost no shade. Several of the sites have toilets and there is a small cafe at the main site. You need a whole day to do it justice and the sites per km ratio is quite low but the place us well worth the visit and gives a fascinating insight into the lives of people who appeared to subsist by raising pigeons for food!
  • The park is super-awesome. Better to arrive early if you are with kids and plan to visit all the locations. read wiki article to be prepared and take some snacks and water, the place is huge, so you'll definitely want to have few stops. Best time to visit is February -- not too warm and nature is at its full beauty.
  • Great place for a hike and some underground exploring for the kids. A decent mix. The views are beautiful.
  • This park is wonderful. A hall city underground. It's a great place to go at the summer as it's not that hot. The knowledge that it was all hand made is astonishing. You must visit the bell caves and the underground houses. It's a bit of walking but it worth it.
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