"Fascinating ruins of Bet She'an" Bet She'an by gubbi1

Bet She'an Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 125 photos

The excavations of Bet She'an, which only cover about 10 percent of the city, include the ancient city Bet She'an-Scythopolis and the Tel Bet She'an, a large hill which can be seen in the background of the intro photo. The Tel is an excellent place to get an overview over the town and so it is highly recommendable to take the effort to climb it.

As most ancient places here in Israel also Bet She'an has seen many different rulers, which I do not want to count up for you here on the page. You can read this on the flyer which is handed out to visitors when entering the park. Just one important date I want to mention is the year 749 CE in which a severe earthquake hit the city of Bet She'an. In that year the town which had up to 40000 inhabitants more or less turned into a small unimportant settlement.

Things I liked and recommend in the National Park...

...Theater:
The theater in the park is in a very good shape, just remember when standing inside that it used to have more or less three times the amount of seat rows than what you can see today. The upper two tiers of seats are gone.

... Public Lavatories:
The public lavatories (or with a more basic language: the toilets) are still visible. Funny when hords / bus loads are sitting there for photos ;)

... Silvanus Street:
Large impressive columns are standing along the former Silvanus Street. Despite the ruins, it is easily imaginable that this was a very impressive and beautiful town. Especially when following this street.

... Tel Bet She'an:
It was quite steep to get up the hill and the sun was heating me up, but all the effort was very worth to come here. On top there are more ruins and some very few but nice exhibits with egyptian background. But best of all is the view. Unfortunately it might be that the sun stands in a slightly wrong position to take nice photos, but if you have the time come up here!

... Sigma:
Maybe you have not seen many mosaics yet, depending of what your travel plans are, so you might admire some here in the park. The sigma has some, more mosaics in other parts of the park...

... Crossing Northern Street, Silvanus Street and Palladius Street:
This crossing is very impressive as it feels that here is the very heart of the remaining town. But you will feel that there was a very destructing force working on the huge stone walls.

... Western Bathhouse:
Not only because there are more nice mosaics here in the western bathhouse I like the place, but also the bathhouse reminds me of my hometown so far away from this place. There is also a huge (roman) bathhouse here in Kempten and the similarities in architecture (heating system) are obvious.

  • Last visit to Bet She'an: Nov 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 8, 2010
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