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Shrine of the Book, Jerusalem

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The Shrine of the Book, a wing of the Israel Museum in the Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947–56 in 11 caves in and around the Wadi Qumran.HistoryInitially, it was intended to build a home for the scrolls on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University, adjoining the Jewish National and University Library. The building was constructed in 1965, funded by the family of David Samuel Gottesman, a Hungarian-Jewish philanthropist.The building was designed by Armand Phillip Bartos, Frederick John Kiesler and Gezer Heller over a period of seven years.The shrine is built as a white dome, covering a structure placed two-thirds below the ground, that is reflected in a pool of water that surrounds it. Across from the white dome is a black basalt wall. According to one interpretation, the colors and shapes of the building are based on the imagery of the Scroll of the War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness; the white dome symbolizes the Sons of Light and the black wall symbolizes the Sons of Darkness.
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  • Most people miss the most important historical Jewish book in the world today - the Allepo Codex - when they visit the Shrine of the Book. The Allepo Codex is THE most authoritative document on the He...  more »
  • A very important part of the beautiful museum that surrounds it. Phenomenal explanations will fully appreciate the importance of these scrolls and the history of their discovery. Also makes species see the oldest Bible in the world.
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  • Enter the section of the Museum of Israel with its unmistakable shape of jar is already an emotion for the bold architecture of the building. The history of the discovery of the scrolls and how he went from Aleppo Codex to the present situation is described in a comprehensive way and full of data. Remember the audioguide at the entrance, though there's the Italian version is full of interesting information.
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  • Super interesting if you go with time and energy. It took me 2 hours to see it entirely (read everything). Big groups of students usually go there so it's better to go with noise-cancelling headphones.
  • Very interesting. The place has a movie for kids too so they can understand the story. Very cool
  • Not what it used to be. Should be called "The Shrine of the COPY of the Book" as you no longer find biblical scrolls, just copies of them since they have been sent out in on loan to museums throughout the world. Now they display high resolution reproductions. Stuff you can find on google. What a shame. This is the holy grail of the museum.
  • Awesome to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Wish I would have had more time. There is a nice gift shop when you leave.
  • Phenomenally interesting place, just make sure you get a good tour guide