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    Aussie Wildlife Park Near Beit She'an

    by Eitan.R Written Jun 28, 2014

    The Beit-She'an national park is very interesting, but only a few miles from it there is a unique zoo. It's called the GanGuroo, and it features Aussie animals, including koalas. They managed to breed the koalas and they are taking very good care of all the animals in the zoo. They even exported a cassowary chick to a European zoo. The aviary is not to be missed, with or without children. Every time I visit there it takes me back to Australia (which I visited decades ago).
    It's located just outside Kibbutz Nir David, which provides great B&B accommodation for visitors who wish to explore the Eastern part of Yizra'el Valley (Beit-She'an, Belvoire fortress, the fountain area and the birdwatching centre of Kfar Rupin).
    The GanGuroo tickets are expensive (equivalent to US$9) but it's worth it.

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    Main Land Gateway to Israel from Jordan

    by machomikemd Written Sep 3, 2013
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    although there are 3 border crossings between Israel and Jordan, the other border crossings (Wadi Araba in Eliat-Aqaba) and Shiekh Hussein (Maoz Haim-Irbid), the most popular and the most number of tourist and commercial traffic is the Beit Shan Border Crossing as this is the closest border crossing going to Jerusalem and the only border crossing where the Palestinians of the West Bank are allowed to cross over to Jordan. From Beit Shan Border crossing, you can go south to the Dead Sea, Qumran, Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron, Ramallah, etc. and you can go north to the fertile jezreel valley and the Sea of Galilee Area to Nazareth, Haifa, Tiberias, Capernaum, Kinneret and even to the Golan Heights up to the inly ski resort of Israel in Mount Hermon, beside the border of Israel and Lebanon and Syria.

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    Beit Shan Jordan River Valley Border Crossing

    by machomikemd Written Sep 3, 2013
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    The Beit Shan Jordan River Valley is one of only 3 border crossings between Jordan And Israel. the other border crossings are at Wadi Araba between Eliat and Aqaba and Shiekh Hussein Border Crossing in the North Between Irbid and Kinneret in Israel, near the Sea of Galilee. The Beit Shan Border Crossing is connected to Jordan via tha Allenby (King Hussein Bridge) and only private cars and the JETT shuttle bus from Jordan are allowed to go across the border to Jordan from the israeli immigration area here. Most of the movement is from the Jordanian side to the Israeli Side as most of the Tourist who use this border crossing are the Christian Pilgrims on a holy land pilgimage. Exit tax from Israel is 110 ILS (about $ 25), exit tax from Jordan is 10 JD (around S 14), entrance visa for Jordan 20 JD ($ 27).

    Opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday

    The terminal also serves the Palestinian Authority, and is permitted for use by Palestinians and foreign tourists. It is also a cargo crossing point between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. There is a bus stop near the entrance to the terminal with busses traveling to Jerusalem and Kiryat Shmona. Private- and shared-taxi services to all areas of Israel also operate from the terminal.

    Regarding tourism groups departing Israel and heading to Jordan:


    1. Between Sundays and Thursdays, tourism groups departing to Jordan from Israel will be accepted no later than 20:00.

    2. On Fridays and Saturdays, tourism groups departing to Jordan from Israel will be accepted no later than 12:00

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    The Western Bath House

    by gubbi1 Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Not only because there are more nice mosaics here in the western bathhouse I like the place, but also the bathhouse reminds me of my hometown so far away from this place. There is also a huge (roman) bathhouse in Kempten and the similarities in architecture (heating system) are obvious.

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    Crossing Silvanus Street and Palladius Street

    by gubbi1 Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    This crossing is very impressive as it feels that here is the very heart of the remaining town. All around you will find very large stone columns and bricks of enormous size. You will feel that there was a very destructive force working on the stone walls during the earthquake that destroyed the town in 749 CE.

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    The Sigma

    by gubbi1 Written Jan 30, 2011

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    The Sigma is a semicircular building structure in the park with nice mosaics. The name derives from an inscription found here. Most remarkable is the mosaic of Tyche, the goddess of the city. According to a sign the mosaic is a copy, the original was unfortunately stolen.

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    Tel Bet She'an

    by gubbi1 Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    It was quite steep to get up the hill and the sun was heating me up, but all the effort was very worth to come here. On top there are more ruins and some very few but nice exhibits with egyptian background. But best of all is the view. Unfortunately it might be that the sun stands in a slightly wrong position to take nice photos, but if you have the time come up here!

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    Silvanus Street

    by gubbi1 Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Large impressive columns are standing along the former Silvanus Street. Despite the ruins, it is easily imaginable that this was a very impressive and beautiful town. Especially when following this street and Palladius Street. Unfortunately the earth quake destroyed much, but who knows what would have been left if the city was not abandoned at that time.

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    The toilets

    by gubbi1 Written Jan 30, 2011

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    The public lavatories (or with a more basic language: the toilets) are still visible. During my visit several people tried out how to sit there and it was much fun to look at them posing for photos :)

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    The theater

    by gubbi1 Written Jan 23, 2011

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    Bet She'an NP has a very nice theater that you can go through. Its architecture is impressive, especially if you know that only a third of the seats have remained, the upper two tiers of seats are gone. Not difficult to imagine how it was when the croud was exited about the play offered to them.

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    Bet She'an National Park

    by Vabate Written Nov 25, 2009

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    Great day trip from Jerusalem. Visit Bet / Beit She'an the ancient city, see the amphitheater, bath house, colonaded streets, temple ruins, public pool and toilets. Not to be missed - The biblical mound, rising 50 meters above its surroundings, has a spectacular view of the great city at its foot and of the Bet She'an Valley.

    Entrance fee 25NIS. Open April–September: Sunday-Thursday 8 A.M.–5 P.M.
    October–March 8 A.M.–4 P.M. Friday 8 A.M. –4 P.M.; Saturday 8 A.M.–5 P.M. Cafe/Snack bar, public toilets.

    From Jerusalem central bus station, bus number 966 or 961 to Beit She'an - Binyamin Mall -leaves 8:15am or 10:00am, arrives 9:02am or 12:02 noon. The return bus ticket is 71NIS (1USD = 3.7NIS) From the bus terminal walk into the old square and see The Citadel on your left, continue to the first shopping strip mall and turn into the entrance gate. Check www.egged.co.il for up-to-date schedules and fares.

    Tip: Take a bottle of water with you.

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    See the excavations !

    by WStat Updated Jun 9, 2008

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    Overlooking the town to the north is Tel Bet She'an.Excavations were started in 1921 and have shown a history of the site from about the 16th century BC. A large Roman amphitheatre, with 5,000 seats in 15 tiers and nine gates, is now completely excavated. At the back of the theatre, across the street, lie the remains of the biggest Byzantine bath in Israel.A Canaanite temple has been also excavated with a basalt tablet showing a lion and a dog representing Nergal, the god of death, and guardian of the temple. Other temples point out, that the city may have been a centre of a serpent cult, and suggest that the name was derived from Shakhan, an early Mesopotamian serpent deity. Other finds include a large Graeco-Roman temple, various gravestones of Canaanite and Egyptian kings, and a circular Byzantine church.The city was destroyed in 749 A.D. by an earthquake. Evidence of this earthquake includes dozens of massive columns that toppled over in the same direction.

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