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Man-Made Caves at Bet Guvrin-Maresha

My friend Hagit  and her family live on Kibbutz Gat near Kiryat Gat in the Judean Hills. We joined them at the kibbutz for a wonderful Israeli breakfast of salads, quiche, breads, and even dessert! Since it was such a wonderful day they wanted to show us around the area. We ended up at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park.

Sidonian Burial Cave

We were thrilled to be able to use our park pass again. We recommend one for anyone staying here a long period of time. It gives you a great way to get out and see Israel without spending a fortune.

Dwelling or "Maze" Cave

I’d read about these caves, so it was a wonderful surprise to be going to see them. They were extraordinary! The hills hide large chalk deposits that are quite easy to carve. There was an entire city there under the hills. Dwellings, underground dovecotes, an olive press, and burial temple are all underground. Dozens of bell-shaped caves are connected by tunnels and curving stairs carved into the chalk. One such cave hid Polish soldiers during WW2.

Olive Press

Liam is looking forward to a trip back to “see all of the caves!” There were 14 in all–too many for today. We did see the Polish Cave, Columbarium (dovecote) Caves, Maze Cave, and Sidonian Burial Cave.

Dovecotes in the Polish Cave

  1. Chris Schardein
    December 2, 2011 at 17:53

    Love those caves! Maybe we can all go there in March. When you get here we will go to the Mammouth caves here. Talk to you guys soon!
    Mom & Bill

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