The ancient Jewish town of Bet She'arim is located in the Lower Western Galilee. Its inhabitants hewed grand tombs in the hill. Ancient courtyards, corridors and steps lead visitors to large halls where they can see rock-cut burial chambers and stone coffins which feature an abundance of carved reliefs, inscriptions and wall-paintings. Some of the caves feature stone-carved doors. The reliefs and paintings feature Jewish motifs that were popular in the Roman period, as well as secular motifs. Most inscriptions are in Greek but there are also those in Hebrew, Aramaic and Palmyran. In the third century BCE Bet She'arim became a famous Jewish center due to the presence of Rabbi Judah Hanasi who was the head of the Sanhedrin. The roman authorities supported his leadership and provided him with much property. Rabbi Judah was buried in Bet She'arim in 220 CE. Don't miss the ruins of Bet She'arim at the top of the hill. Near the remains of a basilica which was apparently built during the lifetime of Rabbi Judah Hanasi, is a bronze statue of the pioneer Alexander Zayid on his horse. Zayid established the defense organization called HaShomer and discovered a burial cave in 1926. How to get there: Off road 75 between Hatishbi and Hashomrim junctions, on road 722, ten minutes from the center of Kiryat Tivon.
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