Beit Shearim, Kiryat Tivon

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#5 of 11 in Historic Sites in Haifa District
Explore the most extensive Jewish cemetery in the world at the ancient town of Beit Shearim. Now a World Heritage Site, in the 2nd century the area offered sanctuary to Jews exiled from Jerusalem by the Romans. Excavations in the area have unearthed around 30 catacombs carved into the soft limestone. As you explore the site, you'll have a chance to go underground into the burial caves and follow dramatically lit hallways adorned with impressive symbols, inscriptions, and figures. As you delve into the burial chambers, you'll learn about the fascinating history of the town, which spans two centuries. In one of the burial caves, you will find a small museum exhibiting finds from the area. Work out when and for how long to visit Beit Shearim and other Kiryat Tivon attractions using our handy Kiryat Tivon travel planner.
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  • The place was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site was first discovered in 1871 but only in 1936 began excavations by Professor Mazar after Alexander Zaïd discovered a case instead. After the State renewed excavations and discovered another Burial caves and opened to the public.
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  • Very interesting place about the early Jewish settlement in Israel. In this place you can see burial caves and Sarcophagus and get explanation of the area.  more »
  • First class archeological site quite well mantained. Plenty of space to visit and to walk. Caves are stunning and few of them are accessible. Kids will enjoy acting like Indiana Jones...The site is al...  more »

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