Friday, October 28, 2011

National Parks: Beit Guvrin Edition

Warning: The following post may exceed the recommended daily allowance for other people’s vacation pictures. Proceed at your own risk.

Think of it as the antidote to our Neot Kedumim trip.

Because unlike the Neot Kedumim trip, our second chol hamo’ed tiyul on Succot was planned well in advance, began first thing in the morning, and – most of all – involved a national park.

Located not too far from Beit Shemesh, the Beit Guvrin-Mareishah National Park contains numerous man-made, limestone caves and includes the ancient cities of Mareishah (see Yehoshua 15:44) and Beit Guvrin (from the time of the Second Beit HaMikdash and the Bar Kochva Revolt).

And now, without further ado, the aforementioned pictures:

First, the requisite shot of the price list, in order to show how much money we saved as a result of our National Parks Authority membership:IMG_5379

Next, the entrance to one of the caves:

IMG_5394 The sign says that the narrow, one-way, 20-meter-long tunnel leads to the columbarium and that flashlights are recommended.

An underground olive oil press:IMG_5413

Interior of one of the caves: IMG_5452

An opening to another cave:IMG_5461

A view of the “Bell Cave”:IMG_5510

As always, feel free to click on any of the pictures for a closer look.

!חודש טוב ושבת שלום ומבורך


  1. Shabbat Shalom, and thanks for another great post for JPiX. I went with the olive oil press...

  2. Thank you, Leora! Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach to you and your family!


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