Beit Guvrin – a lesser known treasure in Israel

Some years ago, I spent a very enjoyable weekend with a friend who, at the time, was living and working at Kibbutz Beit Guvrin.  One of the highlights was visiting the caves in the area.

A website, called Gems in Israel,  whose mission is to spotlight Israel’s less known gems, great places and people, has a feature on the caves of Beit Guvrin. 

While I remember crawling through the caves with a flashlight, the site talks about the impressive Bell Caves.  (see picture).   According to the article, this cave’s walls are made of beige coloured limestone, it is large (over 60 feet hight), airy and easily accessible.  It is also a very unique place to hold a special event.” 

The caves are in the Beit Guvrin National Park, which is located across from Kibbutz Beit Guvrin, at the junction of roads that lead from the Judean foothills to Jerusalem and Hebron.  Beit Guvrin is 56 kilometers south of Jeusalem.

More about the National Park, Caves, and history can be found here and here.

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