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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

 
En Gedi Antiquities National Park En Gedi Antiquities National Park encompasses a Jewi...
Tel Arad National Park The meticulously planned streets, plazas, and dwellings of th...
Arad Glass Museum This museum showcases the dynamic and colorful world of glass art th...
Perennial spring. The source of its water is rainfall in the area of the Judean mountai...
Kibbutz Ein Gedi is the only botanical garden in the world that people live in. More th...
Einot Tzukim (Ein Feshkha) At Einot Tzukim (“springs of the cliffs”), fresh and saline...
 

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The Arad hostel is located in the city of Arad in the heart of the Negev desert.
Basic rooms for two or three people and seven larger suites. The hotel's spa has a cove...
The hotel offers regular rooms and suites, a large spa with three outdoor pools, tannin...
Shkedi's camplodge is located south of the Dead Sea and offers bungalows and 2 wooden ...
 

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