"Beersheva: A city on the sand" Top 5 Page for this destination Beersheba by gilabrand

Beersheba Travel Guide: 71 reviews and 298 photos

As far as Israeli cities go, Beersheva has gotten a bad rap. It was a major crossroads in biblical times and an important administrative center during the British Mandate. After the establishment of the state in 1948, however, it seemed to lose whatever luster it ever had.

Beersheva has grown to the point where it is now larger in size than Tel Aviv, but it is perceived as a dusty place on the fringes of the desert, ranking slightly above a development town. While up to now there may have been some truth in that, things are clearly changing in Beersheva. It is still a city on the sand, with many places still drab and underdeveloped.

But alongside the colorless concrete tenements, glittering new towers are springing up. The architects are hard at work, designing bizarre new creations, and some of the interesting old buildings are being restored.

It is an odd mix, perhaps, but intriguing.

  • Last visit to Beersheba: May 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    I came to this page because of your attractive opening photo, and I found a lot of interest!

    • gilabrand's Profile Photo
      Jan 10, 2013 at 6:29 AM

      Glad you liked my tips. I don't think many people realize how interesting Beersheba is!

  • Aug 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    ur photographs on jerusalem r realy good and enchanting

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    The modern waterwheel is as picturesque as the old norias and certainly more efficient !

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:19 AM

    Excellent page Gila - so well written and full of fascinating information and thoughts. I like especially how you write about Ilan Ramonn and about the war cemetery (I love that poem and have it in full in my England page)

  • y2ketan2007's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Beersheba seems unique.Like the pictures here.

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    This is a great page Gila. Thank you for sharing. My cousins say that you hear Russian spoken more than anything in Beersheba. Have a good weekend. And thank you for dropping by my little VA page.

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2007 at 9:19 PM

    Gr8 tips on the city of seven wells. It's interesting to learn of the statuary ban & the fact that Beershevas terrain is often compared to a moonscape.Welldone page!Nancy : )

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2007 at 12:08 AM

    Great tips, lots of interesting information. im a great fan too of history and old buildings - and war cemetaries. not long had another visit to Flanders Fields and the Somme too. If i visit Israel again i will bring your tips with me!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    great tips!

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Very interesting tips. Great to read!


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