Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park is approximately 5,000 dunams large and is located on the beautiful hills of the Judean Lowlands. The hills are made of chalk that is overlaid with harder nari rock. For centuries people have cut away at the rock, making quarries, burial caves, storerooms, industrial facilities, hideouts and dovecotes. Hundreds of caves were dug at Bet Guvrin resulting in incredibly complex subterranean networks.
Tel Maresha is situated at a high point in the park and it is the highest city in the Judean lowlands, reaching it’s height in the Hellenistic period. John Hyrcanus, the Hasmonean king conquered the city in the second century BCE and forced the inhabitants to convert. In the time of the Romans, the inhabitants abandoned the city and built Bet Guvrin nearby and Maresha was transformed into the capital of western Idumea. The Arab village of Beit Jubrin that was established on it’s ruin was abandoned during the War of Independence in 1948.
The park can be toured on foot or by car.
How to get there: The park is located off the Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road, opposite Kibbutz Bet Guvrin.
Cost: Adult 27 NIS, Child 14 NIS, Senior 50% Discount
Open Hours: April-September 08:00-17:00, October-March 08:00-16:00- last entry one hour before closing
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