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The oldest bible ever found - the Dead Sea Scrolls - was found here

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Standing among the 2,000 year-old ruins of Qumran, overlooking the Dead Sea on the edge of the Judean Wilderness, visitors gain deeper appreciation for the Dead Sea Scrolls, containing the oldest Bible ever found, and discovered right here.

You’ll see a room where scribes may have copied the scrolls, a pavement where the hard-working inhabitants dried dates, a potters’ workshop, a dining hall, and a ritual bath, recalling the way of life of the Essenes who left Jerusalem seeking spiritual purity.

At the visitor center, designed like Qumran’s ancient buildings, an exciting film links the fabulous landscape with the story of its people, recalling that John the Baptist may have lived here. A dramatic view of the cave in which most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found tops off the experience, and whets your appetite to view the scrolls themselves at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
Catholic church of the Benedictine Fathers, built between the years 1900-1910. Accordin...
The Room of the Last Supper – The Coenaculum. According to Christian tradition, already...
Einot Tzukim (Ein Feshkha) At Einot Tzukim (“springs of the cliffs”), fresh and saline...
This site on the banks of the Jordan River east of Jericho is where ancient Christians ...
Arad Glass Museum This museum showcases the dynamic and colorful world of glass art th...
En Gedi Antiquities National Park En Gedi Antiquities National Park encompasses a Jewi...
 

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The HI-Arad hostel is located in the city of Arad in the heart of the Negev desert.
The HI- Ein Gedi Hostel offers views of the Dead Sea and the magnificent cliffs of the ...
Rooms and suites face the Dead Sea. The hotel's spa includes Dead Sea water pools, dry ...
Hotel with various rooms which face the sea, some with whirlpools on the terrace. Facil...
 

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