Half way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in the foothills of the Jerusalem Hills, Tel Gezer National Park houses impressive archaeological ruins in a tranquil natural setting. Today, the surrounding[…]
Archaeological Sites in Israel
There are archaeological sites in Israel literally everywhere you turn, and it is no wonder when you consider how many rules the land has been under over the course of thousands of years. Here are some of the most popular and interesting archaeological sites in Israel, although, as you will realize when you are here, almost everywhere you turn, there is another archaeological site, a fortress or ruin, there for you to explore.
Kastel Fortress, just outside Jerusalem has a rich history because of its unique, strategic location, and features the remains of several ancient settlements, and the story of one of the most significant battles in the establishment of the State of Israel. Nestled in the green forests of the Jerusalem Hills, about 10km west of the city, Kastel Fortress is now a National Park is an interesting place to explore and admire the beautiful landscapes.
Beit Shearim is a national park in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel. Beit Shearim is known for the remains of a Roman city located on a hilltop and the ancient Jewish burial catacombs located within it. Today the Beit Shearim National Park incorporates both the ruins of the city and the burial tombs.
Beit Guvrin is an important archaeological site in southern Israel around 60km south of Jerusalem. Beit Guvrin National Park encompasses the remains of the ancient city of Tel Maresha and covers 5,000 dunams. The site has a tumultuous history from the First Temple Period through to modern times, yet it is the amazing caves at Beit Guvrin which is the main attraction for many of the visitors who come here.
Beer Sheva is the capital of the Negev region of Israel, a desert city that serves as the gateway to this region. Beer Sheva is generally not on the agendas of many tourists to Israel, and is therefore somewhat of an off the beaten track destination. There are a number of interesting and unique things to do in Beer Sheva, an ancient city dating from Biblical times, including the old Turkish town, which is the only planned Ottoman city in the region, the Turkish railway station, and the Bedouin market, as well as nearby Tel Beer Sheba which is the archaeological remnants of the ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tel Jezreel (the Jezreel Mound) is located on the southern ridge of the beautiful Jezreel Valley in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel. The tel (which is an archaeological mound in Hebrew) sits 100 meters above the valley and covers approximately 60 dunams (22 acres). The beautiful surrounding landscape is a beautiful patchwork of agricultural fields which are nourished by the ample water supplied by natural springs in the area. With its strategically location close to the ancient Via Maris trade route running from north to south the city at Tel Jezreel was an important stop along the way.