Ruins of Beit She'an - Israel
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 32° 30.074 E 035° 30.094
36S E 735024 N 3598753
Quick Description: The town of Beit She'an (pop. 15,000) is the site of spectacular archaeological excavations and a rich history, dating back to biblical times.
Location: Israel
Date Posted: 3/17/2013 6:36:43 AM
Waymark Code: WMGKP3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
Beit She'an dates back to the Chalcolithic period (4th century BCE), when the town was an important stop for caravans and as a center of Egyptian rule. Excavations in Beit She'an have uncovered the remains of a Canaanite city, a Hellenistic city (renamed Scythopolis) and a Roman Byzantine City. The remains found in Beit She'an date back to the Hellenistic times. The city was predominantly Christian until the Arabs conquered it in the 7th century and restored its ancient name.

The city was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 749 and archaeologists are still uncovering the remains of the ancient civilizations. Among the finds are a huge (1 1/2 acres) Byzantine bath house, a Roman temple and colonnaded streets paved with basalt stones. The most impressive of the ruins is the Roman Theater, which was built around the year 200. Built to accommodate roughly 8,000 people, it has a stone stage and was used for dramatic productions. Today, the theater is often used to host concerts and sound and light shows.

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Type: Ruin

Fee: Yes

Hours:
April – September Sundays – Thursdays: 8 am – 5 pm Fridays: 8 am – 4 pm Saturdays: 8 am - 5 pm October – March Sundays – Fridays: 8 am – 4 pm Saturdays: 8 am - 5 pm


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