About Us Holy Land Sites Holy Land Tours Christian Photos Community Travel Tips
Travelujah / Explore / Qumran

Qumran excavations



The archaeological excavations at Qumran is a highlight for the visitor with an interest in history. The more than two millennia old settlement unearthed there contains remnants of ritual baths necessary for a Jewish life style, communal living facilities like dining rooms, common work areas, artefacts of glass and roman coins. The excavations are very well kept and of high quality, and guided tours are given.






Background Information


Qumran is the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls displayed at the Shrine of the Book were found in 1947 by a shepherd boy. The caves of the finds are visible from the archaeological site which is open to visitors. The nature of the historical settlement at the site is greatly disputed among archaeologists and the suggestions range from the more traditional perception of an Essene settlement to a Hasmonean fortress. What is agreed upon is that the site was abandoned at the time of the fall of the Second Temple in year 70 and hasn't been occupied since.



Travelujah Tips


Qumran is about 45 min drive from Jerusalem and has good facilities for visitors. Guided tours are given in several languages upon request. Beware of very high outside temperatures during summer. Partly accessible to wheelchairs.




Nearby Places of Interest


Ein Gedi springs, Ein Gedi spa, Wadi Arugot, Jericho






Hours of Operation



Useful Links





Group forum

Latest topicsPostsAuthorLatest reply

Book Now

Related Expert Blogs

Rare 2,000 Year Old Hebrew Document Written on Papyrus Seized
A document thought to be an ancient text written on papyrus was...
Dead Sea contending for 7 Wonders of the World List
The Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, situated...
German Choir, Laudamus Te to Perform in Israel for Fellowship

Related Pictures

Related Posts

The Dead Sea
On the drive to Mount Masada the view out of my window was the Dead Sea and I could not look away.  It was...
A "birthright" for adults
When I was 19 years old I spent a year in Israel, hiking, exploring, and exploding with excitement and energy, and...
Israel: Day 1
"Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand...

Search The Bible

Share This Page.

Bookmark and Share

Produced by KCS interactive boutique
Copyright © 2011 Travelujah.com