Just west of the Dead Sea shore is the stunning Ein Gedi Reserve, home to two year-round streams and a wide variety of plant and animal species. In addition, much evidence of human settlement has been uncovered at the reserve.
There was a Jewish presence in Ein Gedi for over 1,200 years beginning in the seventh century BCE. In the third century a synagogue was built and today the beautiful mosaic floor is truly a site to behold.
There are also a number of buildings that have been excavated that surround the synagogue that could possibly have been the houses of synagogue officials or may have served as study halls and an inn.
The mosaic floor also contains an intriguing inscription about a secret that some believe refers to the production of balsam- a scent and salve that was worth its weight in gold and was once cultivated on the nearby rock terraces.
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