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In ancient times, the inhabitants of the Land of Israel and its environs would raise pigeons in underground caves called "columbariums". The caves had small niches, in which the birds laid their eggs.

A thirteenth century fortress, gladiators, hundreds of caves, an ancient "zoo", a Biblical tel. These are among the things the Bet Guvrin National Park has to offer.

The western part of the National Park is an archaeological site. There are remains of a Crusader Period church, a fairly large Mameluke Period fortress and a Roman amphitheater. As opposed to theaters, which were used for dramatic and comedic performances, the amphitheater was used for gladiatorial combat. Only a few amphitheaters have been excavated in Israel. Thus, the amphitheater is perhaps the most interesting archeological find.

  • Last visit to Bet Guvrin: Mar 2006
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