Beit She’an National Park
The future hope [is] that there will be more to discover [of] the rest of the city. - Director of Archeology at Beit She'an
Beit She’an National Park has a long history that dates between somewhere between 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. It became a major hub for exporting textiles, crops and linen.The site is 25 miles southeast of Tiberias and sits in the northern Jordan Valley. Beit She’an was part of David and Solomon’s kingdom. Around 732 BCE the city was destroyed by a fire under the King of Assyria. The city had many conquerors including the Philistines and Egyptians.
Bet She’an was devastated by an earthquake in 749 CE and you can see structures, including columns that crumbled after the disaster. You can find a Roman theater that was constructed in 200 A.D. that held over 6,000 people. The Byzantine bathhouse is a must see. A part of a synagogue can be found with mosaic tiles, after the fourth century structure was destroyed by fire around 624 A.D. You can also watch current excavations being done today. They can be seen under black canopy and tents strewn around the historical site.
This is just a glimpse of what you will see at Beit She’an. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and camera to witness history. With Beliefnet, you can not only view a gallery of Beit She’an, but you can have a virtual tour as well.
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By Corine Gatti and Jana Melpolder