"Hurvat Burgin" Giv`at Yesha`yahu Things to Do Tip by iblatt
Giv`at Yesha`yahu Things to Do: 3 reviews and 15 photos
The Adulam Park is dotted with ancient ruins from the Second Temple and from the Byzantine periods. Hurvat Burgin was only recently excavated, in 2008, ans is well worth a visit.
There is a marked trail leading to the hilltop and to the main attractions.
The name "Burgin" is an English distortion of the Arab word "burjain", meaning two citadels.
Archeologists have identified the second temple settlement discovered in Hurvat Burgin as Kfar Bish, mentioned in Josephus Flavius's writings.
From the top of the hill there are fine views towards the Adulam National Park, Tel Azeqa and the Hebron mountains. The excavated attractions include several caves.
One of the caves originally served as a water cistern, and converted during the Bar-Kochva Revolt against the Romans to a hiding place for the rebels. In the cave there are some
short passageways which require crawling (don't forget to bring a torch!), which is fun for adults and children alike.
The "Pillar Cave" is a small but impressive Byzantine burial cave carved in the rock, with two columns (with remains of decorations) in its middle.
A flight of stairs takes you down to a another cave, large burial cave from the 2nd Temple era.
The serenity of these ruins was suddenly disturbed by a loud burr of wings: These were black jackdaws coming out in a large flock out of the hole which serves as their home.
Directions: In the Adulam Park, approximately 6 km east of Givat Yesha'ayahu. There is a good road leading to Hurvat Burgin, branching off Route 38 about 200m south of the entrance to Givat Yesha'ayahu.