"Tel Beit Shean, history in the diggings" Tel Bet She'an by Martin_S.

Tel Bet She'an Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 50 photos

Tel Beit Shean (whose name today is derived from Beishan by which the place became known after its desctruction by earthquake), named Scythopolis by the Romans, is composed of two distinct areas, the photo shows the lower and newer Roman city and the actual "Tel" (Hill) upon which were found older archeological remnants.
You can read more on the history here:
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Archaeology/Beitshean.html
http://www.bibleplaces.com/bethshean.htm
http://www.jewishmag.com/39mag/shean/shean.htm
Use this map to find out where it is located -
http://www.eyeonisrael.com/telbeitshean.html

You can also check out the national parks (of which Beit Shean is one) web site:
www.parks.org.il

The main parts of the Roman theater still exist and parts have been reconstructed.

The Roman bathhouse has none of its flooring left, but you can see the underlying columns that supported the floor and left an open space for the heated water to flow underneath.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful piece of Roman history in Israel
  • Cons:Way too hot in summer, take precautions.
  • In a nutshell:For history/archeology buffs this is fantastic.
  • Last visit to Tel Bet She'an: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated Oct 26, 2011
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