Qumran Caves

Qumran Caves, Dead Sea Region

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Caverns & Caves
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These eleven caves were made famous when the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, were discovered between the years 1947 and 1956.
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Jeremy
3 contributions
Apr 2021
Qumran caves are, of course, in Palestine. So whatever you do, ask your guide to explain to you why this area is under Israeli military occupation. The shepherd who found the scrolls was, obviously, a Palestinian. Also, ask your guide to explain to you why the local Palestinian population is denied basic human rights and is constantly harassed by the occupation authorities. See the UNESCO site for a fair background to Qumran.
Written 22 April 2021
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Bear H
Williamsburg, VA1,295 contributions
Oct 2019
This National Park is well laid out over the site where the Jewish Essene sect lived and devloped what came to be noted as the "dead sea scrolls" . Stark in its desert
Written 24 September 2020
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Alice C
Toledo, OH58 contributions
Feb 2020
My second time to the area and still not disappointed. Our tour guide was fantastic - it's so interesting to hear about the Dead Sea Scrolls, their discovery and their value and importance to all of us. The ruins are nicely roped off for easy viewing, lots of signs in English and a great shop/restaurant. Admittedly during this visit , they're renovating the gift shop; but I was still able to make my purchases! The food is good and reasonably priced - going a la carte, that is.
Written 6 March 2020
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Tracy F
588 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This place has is a nice spot to visit with a museum to watch the history of the people. This is the location where some of the dead sea scrolls were found.
Written 24 February 2020
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Hank H
Virginia421 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Yes, the history here is incredible but so much more can be done to explain it to you and immerse you in it. The only thing I felt immersed in was the gigantic tourist shop hawking everything under the sun. The attached restaurant fed you efficiently but the chicken shawarma tastes more south Asian than Middle Eastern.

TIP: Bring your own lunch and your own history book.
Written 25 January 2020
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TravelDonCA
California214 contributions
Sep 2019
This was a spectacular place to visit. Learn about the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls and see the caves where they were discovered. We were able to hike to one of the caves and go inside.
Written 3 January 2020
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WeekendAwaywJJ
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Yes, it is incredible to look up to the caves that held the secret of the Dead Sea scrolls for so many centuries. In equal measure is is disappointing that the reconstruction of the Qumran village is passed off as 2000 years old when it must have been built in the last 50 years. The tourist centre is now a churn and earn the tourist dollar centre and shows little respect for history and authenticity. Perhaps guides with more credibility will discolse this to you. Unfortunately our guide from Rent-a-Guide did not do so and lost my respect in the process. We did a tour of Bethlehem with Elijah tours that with a better educated and more credible guide.
Written 9 December 2019
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Emma Louise H
Oxford, UK82 contributions
Oct 2019
Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Lots of ruins. Very hot. A lot of walking involved. A very historical site.
Written 6 December 2019
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AJ S
Ann Arbor, MI390 contributions
Dec 2018
That's where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. It is an interesting archeological site in Israel.
Written 22 November 2019
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123ie
London, UK108 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We visited here in october when temp was over 40c
The video at the start lacked detail and was short
The path up to the caves was closed due to the extreme heat which was true but we thought we should have been told that before we entered
Disapointed
Written 14 October 2019
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