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These eleven caves were made famous when the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, were discovered between the years 1947 and 1956.
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Wadi Qumran, Palestinian Territories
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here in october when temp was over 40c The video at the start lacked detail and was short The path up to the caves was closed due to the extreme heat which was true but we thought we should have been told that...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 12 August 2019 via mobile

Historicaly its interesting and nice exibition about life there. take something to drink with you if you are not used to dry air. be careful if the sun.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Marija Z
Reviewed 25 June 2019

It was interesting to see the harsh desert where the caves are located and the excavations of the ritual baths and other structures, but the actual archeological site is very limited. It might have been interesting to walk closer to the caves, but it was...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 19 June 2019

This is an amazing place; a hot, dry plateau above the Dead Sea where, in 1947, in a cave close to what is now the Qumran National Park, local Bedouins discovered a clay jar containing 7 scrolls. The scrolls were sold to antique dealers and,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank hawkes2an
Reviewed 6 May 2019

We had our lunch here in the restaurant and souvenir store here. Food was good cafeteria style. We were able to watch the video here in the movie room about the life of the Essenes. Very informative. This was the platform for our guide who...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank moscow2020
Reviewed 30 April 2019 via mobile

At this stop we viewed a short film on the history of the Dead Sea scrolls and then ventured outside to view an archeological dig of an area once occupied by the writers of the scrolls. The area unearthed primarily shows the water collection and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank DMJA21
Reviewed 29 April 2019

This is a park now where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls. The place has caves but all along the road to Masada there are other places with caves. Makes me wonder if there are more scrolls out there to find.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Mike H
Reviewed 17 April 2019 via mobile

The caves and park are worth checking out. There’s so much history here. From the Dead Sea scrolls to other biblical references. It’s also so close to jordan and you can see Mt. Nebo on a clear day.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank phil_ibuster15
Reviewed 9 April 2019

Decent facilities - shop cafe toilets. The film is worthwhile then wander the ruins, no pressure. Go for a stroll off the track where you can experience some quiet. Very hot in summer. Not easy if with wheel chair

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lowryepp
Reviewed 24 March 2019 via mobile

You’ve got to see this. Worth a stop on the way to/from Masada or the Dead Sea. Amazing story about how the scrolls were discovered; and equally amazing to consider how God’s word has been preserved for thousands of years, and then “discovered” by rock-throwing...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Marge C
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I meant "see" the caves not seem the caves.
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