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Shmuel Halevi | profile | all galleries >> Beyt Guvrin - Maresha Caves tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Beyt Guvrin - Maresha Caves

The Ancient Judean City of Beit Guvrin / Maresha

was destroyed by Sennacherib in 701 B.C. and became

Eleutheropolis (“City of the Free”) in the Late Roman

period (200 A.D.). Its magnificent and complex cave

system covers a large area in historical Judea, in the

Lachish district south of Jerusalem.

The cave system encompasses “bell-caves” used as

quarries for lime stone, burial caves and columbarium

caves for the cultivation of pigeons.

This archeological site is indeed one of the unique

treasures of modern Israeli archeology.