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Qumran

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

Einot Tzukim (Ein Feshkha) At Einot Tzukim (“springs of the cliffs”), fresh and saline...
Catholic church of the Benedictine Fathers, built between the years 1900-1910. Accordin...
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to Christian tradition, the Church of the H...
Arad Glass Museum This museum showcases the dynamic and colorful world of glass art th...
Tel Arad National Park The meticulously planned streets, plazas, and dwellings of th...
En Gedi Antiquities National Park En Gedi Antiquities National Park encompasses a Jewi...

Accommodations

The Ein Gedi Hostel offers views of the Dead Sea and the magnificent cliffs of the Jude...
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...
Spa hotel whose rooms face the landscape of the Dead Sea or the mountains of the Judean...
Christian Sites