Bet Shemesh Travel Guide

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Bet Shemesh Things to Do

  • by marinashemesh Written Dec 31, 2011

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    Just outside Bet Shemesh in the Judean hills there is an amazing stalactite and stalagmite cave. This cave was discovered in 1968 when quarry workers blasted the sealed cave open.

    The Soreq cave or Stalactite cave is found inside the Ye'ala mountain in the Abshalom Shoham nature reserve. The cave is not very large compared to other caves of this type but it has an incredible wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites. Various geologists studied the cave and wrote articles about the rock formations that have been developing for thousands of years.

    The conditions in the cave are monitored closely and tourists are warned not to touch the stalactites and only take photos in designated areas.

    Stalactites in Soreq cave, Israel Stalactites and stalagmites meet to form a column.
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    by eladr Updated Feb 15, 2005

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    The Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve (also called Soreq Cave) is dedicated to the memory of Avshalom Shoham. The 82-meter-long, 60-meter-wide cave is on the western slopes of the Judean Hills outside the city of Beit Shemesh. It was discovered accidentally by workers blasting at a nearby quarry. Although the Soreq Cave is relatively small, the variety of its formations rivals that seen in much larger stalactite caves. Some of the stalactites are 300 thousand years old, and scientists use them to study climactic changes that have transpired in this area from the time of their formation until the present. Although some stalactites are even older, they cannot be precisely dated using the instruments currently available.
    The stalactites hanging from the ceiling of the cave are up to four meters long and on occasion meet up with stalagmites growing from the floor. Stalactites range in diameter from a few millimeters to a few meters. Some look like everyday objects - shelves, sheets of cloth, branches, and coral - and others have shapes never before seen. A number of the stalactites and stalagmites are still active.
    A visit to the cave includes a slide show and a guided tour. On Fridays, when there are no tours, photography is permitted.

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  • by oshatz Updated Nov 10, 2004

    The Stalactite Cave (Soreq cave, Avshalom Reserve) was discovered by accident in May 1968 after a blast in the Har-Tov quarry. The name given to the cave was "Soreq cave";. The Stalactite Cave is not one of the largest caves in the world (only 82-meter-long, 60-meter-wide), but in beauty and variety it ranks among the best in the world.

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Bet Shemesh Restaurants

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    by iblatt Written Aug 22, 2007

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    We were looking for somewhere to eat near Beit-Shemesh, and my daughter's boyfriend said "Tavlin" was the place for us. And he was right.
    The restaurant is tucked away from the main road (Route 38), on the edge of the Eshtaol forest, in the heart of a spice farm.
    The spicy scents were everywhere. We felt close to nature, and the ambience was exactly what we were looking for. The food was good and we could savor the locally-grown spices. The waiters were young and friendly.
    When we finished our meal we visited the adjoining spice shop, which had every imaginable spice from all corners of the globe.
    We will definitely eat there again.

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