Ancient Beth Shemesh was a Canaanite and Israelite town about 30 km west of Jerusalem. Its Hebrew name (“House of Sun”) suggests a local Canaanite worship center for a Sun God “Shemesh”.
The Site was excavated by three different expeditions, The third, of Tel-Aviv University, is active at the site to this day. In 2018 a large scale salvage excavation project was launched east of the Biblical mound, uncovering a surprising wealth of remains from Judaic times and the Byzantine period.
Beit Shemesh ( Hebrew: בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ, Latin: Bethsames, Beth Shamesh, Bethshamesh or Bet shemesh and most often Beth-Shemesh in English translations of the Hebrew Bible) is a city located approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) west of Jerusalem in Israel’s Jerusalem District, with a population of 118,676 in 2018.
|Tel Beth Shemesh on Tripadvisor|
Points of Interest in the Area
|Bar Kokhba caves|
|Day Tour to the Shfelah|
Book a Private Tour to Tell Beth-Shemesh
Biblical Beth-Shemesh is in the Shfelah and takes about 2 hours to explore.