Tel Be’er Sheba

Tel Be’er Sheva is a National park, featuring the ruins of an Israelite Kingdom fortified administrative city. The ancient city is located between the Be’er Sheva and Hebron streams. The Bible associated the acts of Abraham and Isaac to the name of the city, which reads in Hebrew as the “Well of the oath”, or “seven wells”.

Tel Be’er Sheva national park is located east of Modern city of Beer Sheva. It is accessed via the road from Omer and Tel Sheva. The height of the mound is 307m, 25m higher than the surrounding valleys. It is surrounded by two streams – Nahal Hebron (Wady el Khulil) and Nahal Beer Sheva (Wady es Seba) – which gave the ancient city a natural protection.

Tel Be’er Sheva was excavated from 1969 to 1975 (headed by Y. Aharoni) and in 1976 (headed by Ze’ev Herzog). In 1990 the site underwent extensive restorations. In 1986 the site was declared a national park. The water system was opened to the public in 2003. In 2005 UNESCO listed the Biblical mounds, including Tel Be’er Sheva, as a World Heritage site.

How to get here: Off the Beersheba – Shoket Junction road.

South of Omer, and next to the Bedouin community of Tel Sheva. 10 minutes from Beersheba.

Length of visit: 1 – 2 hours

Other attractions:

Activities by prior arrangement: Reconstructing and painting jars, pitot in the taboun oven, and more… 

Opening hours

Last entry to the park is one hour before closing time 

Summer:

  • Sunday – Thursday and Saturday – 8 am – 5 pm
  • Fridays and the eve of holidays – 8 am – 4 pm

Winter:

  • Sunday – Thursday and Saturday – 8 am – 4 pm
    Fridays and the eve of holidays – 8 am – 3 pm
  • On the eves of New Year, the Day of Atonement, and Passover: 8 am – 1 pm

Contact

  • Telephone: 08-6467286 

Entrance fee

  • Individuals:  Adult – NIS 15, child – NIS 7
  • Student: NIS 13
  • Group (over 30):  Adult – NIS 14, child – NIS 6

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