"All around Beit-Shemesh" Bet Shemesh by iblatt

Bet Shemesh Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 19 photos

East, west, north and south...

Beit-Shemesh (literal translation: House of the Sun) itself is a modern Israeli town in the foothills of the Judean mountains. It has its residential neighborhoods and an industrial zone, nothing much to do here for a tourist.
However, all around Beit-Shemesh there are quite a number of interesting places to see, hear, taste...

East of the town, a winding scenic road will lead you to the magnificent Soreq stalactite cave.
If you choose to go a few kilometers to the west you can visit the winery of Kibbutz Zorah, the monastery of Dir Rafat and the adjacent Moni winery.
You will have a view of the valley which is being transformed into the Israeli version of Napa valley, covered with vineyards.
A few kilometers south of Beit-Shemesh on Route 38 you will find the monastery of Beit-Gemal, with its Byzantine-style church.
A short distance to the north of the town there is the Martyrs' Forest, with the intoxicating scent of pine trees and Martyrs' Cave, a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Ancient history is well represented in the Beit-Shemesh region, and if you close your eyes (or maybe open them wide??) you can see the Biblical Samson roaming the hills, you can visualize St. Stephen being interred after his martyrdom, and a few kilometers further south you can imagine the young David confronting the Philistine giant Goliath.

  • Last visit to Bet Shemesh: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2007
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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Nice pictures...I visited Bet Shemesh several times as I had a girlfriend who went to a type of boarding school for city kids from Tel Aviv and Petak Tikva..Well it was 32 years ago and I was in love..Haha. Then she had to go off to the army

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2009 at 3:49 AM

    Sounds good. Is it vegetarian?

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