Beth-Shearim was a Jewish town in Roman and Byzantine times. It was mostly famous for being the burial of Rabbi Judah “the prince” , who codified the Mishnah . It was also the sear of the Sanhedrin for a while. Despite its significance in Jewish history, Beit Shearim was abandoned in the middle ages, and its location was forgotton.
The site was re-discovered by chance by Alexander Zaid in 1936, and later was excavated by several archaeological expeditions. Of the city itself little is known, although two structures that were unearthed may have functioned as synagogues in antiquity, and perhaps even as the seat of the Jewish “Sanhedrin”.
Around the city of big Jewish Necropolis was uncovered containing dozens of catacombs with hundreds of coffins, some still bearing decorative motifs and inscriptions.
Beit She’arim ( Hebrew: בֵּית שְׁעָרִים, “House of the Gates”) is the currently used name for the ancient Jewish town of Bet She’arāyim (בּית שערַיִם, “House of Two Gates”) or Kfar She’arāyim (כְּפר שערַיִם, “Village of Two Gates”), made popular by its necropolis, now known as Beit She’arim National Park.
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Ancient Beth-Shearim is in Nortern Israel. It is about 1.5 hours drive from Tel-Aviv and take about 1-2 hours to explore.