Khirbat Qumran Travel Guide

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  • Things to Do
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Khirbat Qumran Things to Do

  • Qumran Archeological Sites 2

    part two of my tips with more pictures aroundthis will be a two part tip with more pictures around the archelogical site in qumran of an essene village which was initially excavated by Roman Catholic Priest Roman Da voux from 1953 to 56 and then continued by Israel. The excavations include the Scriptorium, where the essenes where writing the...

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  • Qumran Archeological Sites 1

    this will be a two part tip with more pictures around the archelogical site in qumran of an essene village which was initially excavated by Roman Catholic Priest Roman Da voux from 1953 to 56 and then continued by Israel. The excavations include the Scriptorium, where the essenes where writing the scrolls (but no scrolls were found here, just at...

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  • Judean Desert

    A Large part of the West Bank lias along the Judean Desert, which is a separate desert from the Negev Desert of Southern israel. this Desert starts from the mountains near Jerusalem and goes down up to the Dead Sea and starts from just after Beit Shan and up to the Southern Dead Sea, just after Qumran, where it then becomes the Negev Desert. And...

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  • Southern Dead Sea

    I have included the Southern Dead Sea here in my Qumran Tips although it is further away, there are no major towns along it. The Southern Dead Sea is separated by the Lisan Peninsular from the Northern Dead Sea and is shallower and more Hypersaline than it's northern part and you can see huge blocks of salt crystals along it's shores and is where...

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  • Northern Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea is within view of Qumran and the Scrolls are named for the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is Divided into the Jordanian Side and the Israel (West Bank) Side. the dead sea is actually composed of two parts, the larger Northern Dead Sea and the smaller Southern Dead sea, which is separated by the Lisan Peninsular. This will be on the Northern...

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  • The Caves of Qumran

    Just beyond the unearthed excavations of the village of the Essens are the caves carved from the Judean Mountains Fronting Qumran where the famed dead sea scrolls were found. The Qumran Scrolls were discovered in 1946 by a Bedouin shepherd who went to look for a missing goat and instead found a cave which contained scrolls hidden inside pottery...

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  • Qumran Mini Museum and Dead Sea Scrolls

    after the 8 minute video presentation about the Dead Sea Scrolls and on the Essenes and Qumram in General, you will then proceed to the air conditioned mini museum that houses various archeological remains, artifacts, devices for scroll making and some of the actual dead sea scroll parchments that are hang upon the walls of this mini museum (there...

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  • Qumran Presentation Theater

    Before embarking on a 1 to 2 hour tour of the Qumran National Park, your tour will start via an 8 minute short video clip about the Jewish Sect, the Essenes, who are the inhabitants of Qumran and on their beliefs and practices, and on how they wrote and store the dead sea scrolls which were found in 1946. The film is played at a small theater at...

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  • Scrolls Cave

    When standing in front of this sign which explains how and where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, you can see in the hills the actual cave were they were discovered. When we visited there, the path up to the caves was closed.The second photo shows one of the access paths, it helps get from point to point without climbing over the structures...

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  • Living at Qumran

    How do you live in the middle of a remote desert without a source of fresh water...well the answer is that you conserve and collect ever drop of water that falls out of the sky, yes the RAIN....Here at Qumran there are, like many desert outposts, a series of cisterns for collection of water. The photo shows one of the aquaducts built to transfer...

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  • Ritual Baths

    The Jewish religious culture revolved as most religious cultures do, around rituals. One of them is the ritual clenseing (or bathing) in the Mikveh. Here in this small remote community on the shores of the Dead Sea with NO source of water, the Essenes would use their water that was gathered from rainfall into cisterns, to fill these ritual baths....

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  • The SCROLLS

    The famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered here in Qumran by a Bedoun shepard in 1947 and from thre begins the adventure. Today many other scrolls haved been found and they included books of the Old Testament, the Apocrypha and works of the Essenes themselves. The Dead Sea Scrolls are on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem today in a...

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  • QUMRAN Script Rolls

    Qumran is located on a dry plateau about a mile inland from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank, just next to the Israeli Kibbutz of Kalia. Qumran is best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of the sheer desert cliffs.In 1947 two Bedouin shepherds accidentally came across a...

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  • A view around

    The Essenes were ascetics, and as such, had paid great attention to ritual bathing and purity. They lived a communal life in a settlement that was constructed to make them as self-reliant as possible. They had assembly halls, a central dining room, in which ceremonial meals were eaten, a kitchen, ritual baths, a laundry room, a watch tower, a...

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  • One of the caves

    One of the caves where the scrolls were found.The caves that dot the difficult-to-reach slopes and crevices of Qumran had served the Essenes in time of need as hiding places for their library. The scrolls, hidden in jars for nearly two thousand years and preserved as a result of the area's arid climate, included books of The Old Testament, the...

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Khirbat Qumran Restaurants

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    by machomikemd Written Sep 18, 2013

    As many of the travellers going to Qumran National Park are tourists and Christian Pilgrims on a southward desert trek to Egypt for the continuation of their Pilgrimage and it takes a few hours to go there, many tourists have their late lunch here at the Qumran Vistitor Center Food Court. The food court is a huge area with a simple design and with views of the National Park inside an air conditioned comfort. The style here is that there are different lines for different kinds of food.

    there are separate lines and counters to pay if you would order assorted mezze (light dishes) and pita bread, assorted soups, main course and desserts and the drinks, for a total of 5 counters, so if you just want to order main course and drinks, then you would fall in line 2 times.

    the meals here are typical israeli and middle eastern food and are kosher and the selections are many.

    opens:

    April – September: 8 am – 5 pm
    October – March: 8 am – 4 pm
    Fridays and Holiday eves: 8 am – 3 pm

    Favorite Dish: they have typical Israeli and Middle eastern food and what we ate are typical chicken shawarmas and falafel, which costs NIS 30 for both and NIS 15 for a can of soda, pretty expensive here.

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    • Food and Dining
    • Road Trip

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Khirbat Qumran Transportation

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    by machomikemd Written Sep 18, 2013

    most christian Pilgrims will then proceed to Egypt as the final stage of their holy land tours and Pilgrimage and upon ending their Jerusalem Part of the Pilgrimage, will then go to the Dead Sea Resorts to have a dip and then to Qumran (which is a 40 minute drive from jerusalem) to have a tour of the famous dead sea scrolls and the archeological remains and then a late lunch stop and then proceed to Eliat and Cross the Border to Egpyt and end up at Mount Sinai.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Road Trip

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Khirbat Qumran Shopping

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    by machomikemd Written Sep 18, 2013

    the huge qumran visitor center has 3 shops that practically sells the same products to tourists and christian pilgrims. the shops sell a variety of things and not only the regular touristy items like fridge magnets or shot glasses or post cards or paper weights or books. they even sell various Christian Religous and Jewish Religious Items here and various Qumran inspired potteries and local crafts and also a veritable department store where you can also buy shirts, caps, food stuffs, dried fruits like dates, dead sea beauty products and a lot more.The Center is run by the nearby Nahal Kalia Kibbutz, who also runs the Kalia Public Beach and not the Israeli Public Parks, hence the prices here are on the high side.

    opens:

    April – September: 8 am – 5 pm
    October – March: 8 am – 4 pm
    Fridays and Holiday eves: 8 am – 3 pm

    What to buy: all the souvenir items you can think off and departrment store products like dead sea beauty and cosmetic products, shirts, caps, canned and dried foodstuffs and a lot more.

    What to pay: haggling is not allowed and the price here is sxpensive

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    • Food and Dining
    • Luxury Travel

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Khirbat Qumran Local Customs

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    by machomikemd Written Sep 18, 2013

    We all know that the dead sea is famous for it's high mineral content and dead sea mud and it's derivatives are being sold around the world as a beauty product and that there are various companies both in Jordan and here in Israel that produces these products and if you are going here at the Visitors Center of the Qumran National Park, you can buy assorted dead sea products like dead sea med packs for the body, mud packs for the face, dead sea moisturizing cream, dead sea bath salts, dead sea body scrub, dead sea mineral soaps and a lot more. These products are from Israeli Companies like Revival, Ahava and a lot more. But no haggling is allowed. The prices here are higher than buying these similar products from the Jordanian Side (which has it's own companies like Revage, Rivage, Dolmen, etc).

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Khirbat Qumran Tourist Traps

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    by Martin_S. Written Jul 3, 2008

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    Water the liquid of life. Most important thing in the desert.
    But do NOT purchase here at Qumran, the people who run the tourist concession here are related to Ali Baba (yes the THIEF).
    Take a look at the sign, a 1.5 liter bottle of water costs between 26-37 Israeli Shekels...if you purchase in a regular store, even an EXPENSIVE one will only cost 8 Shekel and in a grocery store it will cost 4-5 Shekel... In other words US1.25 instead of 7.8 - 11.2 DOLLARS US...
    Please pass this information on to others.

    Unique Suggestions: The National Parks Authority does NOT run this concession, the charge you pay to enter the park goes to restoration work, upkeep and having guards. What you pay for the water goes into the pockets of the thieves. Get your water before you come to visit Qumran. Remember that the tap water in Israel is safe to drink.

    Qumran, thieves den of today, Israel
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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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  • Qumran Visitors Center

    The Qumran Visitors Center is just in front of the huge parking area of the Qumran National Park and is designed after an ancient Essene Structure during those times and inside the huge visitors center is where you buy the admission tickets to the park, the theather and mini museum is located just at the left side of the Visitors Center and inside...

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  • Qumran National Park

    The Qumran National Park is located in Qirbat Qumran, just a short drive away from the town and Kibbutz of Nahal Kalya and in view of the Dead Sea. In Fact, the Kibbutz of Nahal Kalya is the one who Manages Qumran Park and the Bug Souvenir Shop and Restaurant Complex Besides It. Qumran is best knwon as where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls which was...

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