Hyrcania fortress was first built by the Maccabees some 2200 years, and later were used also by King Herod. In the 1960’s two long and mysterious tunnels were documented at the foot of the site. They were both carved in the rock at an angle of 45 degrees, had steps and oil lamps installed in them and had unknown depth. A popular theory linked them to the treasures documented in the “Copper Scroll” found 2 km north of Qumran. Eventually they were both excavated. by Dr. Oren Gutfeld of the Hebrew University (I participated in the first season!). Unfortunately, both proved to be emtpy. New research suggests there area two more caves in the same vicinity. As of 2020 they have not been excavated.
Contact Us to Inquire About a tour to the Hyrcania Secret Tunnel
The Hyrcania Secret Tunnel is beneath the fortress of Hyrcania, deep in the Judedan Desert, and it can only be reached with an off-road 4×4 vehicle.
Contact us for a proposal of an off-road tour that will also include a visit to the Hyrcania Secret Tunnel.
A Documentry on the “Copper Scroll” presenting the excavations at the Tunnel beneath Hyrcania
Points of Interest in the Area
|Mar Saba Monastery|
|Monastery of Euthymius|
|Jeep Tour in the Judean Desert|