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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  • Less than an hour's drive from Jerusalem archaeological National Park Maresha-Beit Guvrin. MareshA — biblical city, birthplace of the prophets, and then the city of Edom, the Phoenicians, the Greeks (Marisa). Strange town where people lived not only on the surface, but also underground. Mareshi cave is the cisterns, dumping, kolumbarii (this is not what you think!), oil. Some caves have preserved images and inscriptions, which gave the modern caves: Cave of musicians, Sidonskie caves. And there are Polish cave is linked with the history of Anders Army during the second world war. In 40 BC the city was destroyed by the Parthians and was revived slightly apart, close-as Beit Guvrin (Betogabri, Betogabra, — "House of Heroes"), 200 ad Severus renamed it Jelevteropol' ("city of the free"). It was the Episcopal city even during the Roman period, it is linked with the history of Christian martyrs of the period of the Apostles, he is mentioned in the legend about Avgare ... In the Byzantine period the town revered as the birthplace of the mother of the Virgin Mary-Anne. And then — on the list: Muslims, Crusaders, Salah ad-Din, the Mamluks. Today on the territory of the National Park, you can see the Bell caves (former quarries-wonderful acoustics and they are often used for chamber concerts), the Church of St. Anna and circus (amphitheatre), the Byzantine period, the Castle and the Church of the Crusader period. Excursion for walkers. Working hours of the Park Maresha-Beit Guvrin: April-September 8:00-17:00; October-March 8:00-16:00. The park entrance fee: adult-29 shekels, child-15 shekels. Almond blossoms in February:)
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  • clean and well maintained very big cave complex nice to drive from site to site and to go underground not recommended in hot days. a must site for history lovers 
  • מערות היסטוריות משוחזרות ומטופחות מתקופות ארכיאולוגיות שונות. מקום מעניין אולם יש לקחת בחשבון הליכה ממקום למקום ובימי הקיץ החום מתיש. מצויים כאם ציורי קיר משוחזרים על פי המקור. באם משלבים מקום זה עם א...  more »