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Beth Shean

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Beth Shean

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Beth Shean (also spelt Beth Shan, Bet Shean, Bet She'an, etc.) is a large town in the Galilee region of northern Israel. Located in the Beth Shean Valley, part of the northern Jordan Valley, Beth Shean lies completely below sea level.


Beth Shean is the regional center of Beth Shean Valley. Beth Shean has been inhabited since biblical times (there are several instances where it is mentioned in the bible). Today there are several archeological sites from different time periods.

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By bus[edit]

To get in from most cities by bus you will probably have to go to Afula first.

From Jerusalem: 961(egged) bus from the central bus station. ₪41. About 2 hours.

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There is an hourly rail service to/from Haifa

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  • Bet She'an National Park [1] - located in the northern part of the modern city, preserves the extensive remains of the ancient city, both the Caananite and Egyptian city on the dramatic tel or high city-mound, and the extensive, well-preserved Romano-Byzantine city below. Extensively excavated and reconstructed since 1989, this antiquity site is one well worth visiting. Admission: adults ₪23, children ₪12; groups: adults ₪19, children ₪11. Telephone (06) 658-7189, guidance center: (06) 658-1913. Opening hours: April-September: 8:00-17:00, October-March: 8:00-16:00.

  • Bet She'an Flea Market

There is a Flea Market on Wednesdays which has many nice fruits and vegetables. It also has a small selection of cheap clothes.

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Smoke Hooker/Nagilah (water pipe with flavored tobacco) Your bound to see old men or young teenagers in Beit Shean relaxing while smoking Nagilah, Why not join the fun? You can rent one from many small shops for around 10 sheqel. They will set it up for you with the coal and tobacco, all you have to do is breathe in, fell the flavor and remember its one of the few things that both young adults and old men enjoy doing.

Visit a retreat center and an artsy ecological farm The place offers accommodation in Mongolian yurts and geodesic Domes and it has a visitors center offering free herbal teas from the plants in the garden. The idea of the place is for people to come, visit and get inspired. The center has an art gallery, hydroponic / aquaponic demonstration facility, a local produce store and a micro brewery. There is also a unique plant consciousness demonstration facility with plants connected to a lie detector that is hooked up to a synthesizer allowing the plants to play music and react to people. Opening hours are from 10-19 every day. Located just south of Beit Shean on road 90 at the big traffic circle at Sdei Trumot, It is also possible to get there by bus number 961 from Beit Shean central bus station.

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  • Jordan is only 10 min. away by car, passing through the nearby border crossing.
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