Uncover Ancient Beit-Shean
Inhabited since Neolithic times, Beit She’an is one of the oldest cities in the World. In Roman and Byzantine times it became a regional capital, and it continued to thrive in the Early Muslim Periods. But in 749 CE Beit-Shean was destroyed by a devestating earthquake, and later abandoned for centuries. The antiquities of the site were surveyed already in the 19th century, but only in the 1980’s a large scale excavations uncovered many parts of the city’s classical periods. Its main attractions include an impressive theatre and a set of bath houses, commercial streets, some of which may have functioned as a brothel, and foundations of several Roman Temples. The citadel of the city was inhabited also in Canaanite times, and its finds include remains from Canaanite, Egyptian, and Israelite Periods. Furthermore, the top of the citadel also provides stunning views of the Jordan Valley and the Gilboa Mountains.