Qumran 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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Busylady21
West Allis, WI170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
I was impressed by the ruins of the group that wrote the dead sea scrolls and lived in the area. Seeing the actual caves and learning about the writers, put them in perspective with other biblical writings. We went to the museum in Jerusalem to see actual scrolls, this location is where they were found.
Written 20 July 2023
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel15,902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Why?
Because it proves that the Jewish people lived there 2,000 years ago.
And it proves the Jewish people has the right to live here today.
Besides that, the archeological findings are astounding. The scrolls did redefine the History of these times.

I'd strongly recommend you to go to the National Park to see the ruins and reproduction of the scrolls.
As all the National Parks, the amenities are superb and will allow to make the most of this visit in the most enjoyable way.

One important point though: in Summer make sure to drink a lot (there is cold water available on this site), take your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Now you can really enjoy.
Written 29 September 2022
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Bear H
Williamsburg, VA1,306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
660 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Virginia548 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Tehachapi, CA217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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, Australia15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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