Maresha, Israel is an old city 40 miles southwest of Jerusalem with years of relevant history, (being mentioned in the bible) with breathtaking archeological caves. A city with beautiful, historical sites and part of the Beit Guvrin National Park with it’s 2000 year old caves has become a popular visitation site for tourists. This profound location is mentioned in AFAR magazine written by Gayle Keck. Take a look at all the amazing adventures you can experience and take part in enjoying in Maresha.
“Between the 4th and 2nd centuries B.C., Maresha’s inhabitants excavated limestone blocks to use for construction on the surface. In the resulting caverns, the softness of the rock made it easy to carve out water cisterns, basement storerooms, workshops, quarries, and spaces for raising doves-all away from the scorching heat above ground.”
“Today, Maresha is part of Beit Guvrin National Park, and you can wander through its well-preserved underground labyrinth on your own.”
“Walk through the cool, cavernous rooms and you’ll see olive mills and oil presses, chisel marks left long ago by masons, baths cleverly designed so water pourers couldn’t gaze upon bathers, and dovecotes with thousands of niches for nesting birds.”
“To dig deeper, spend a half day wit Archaeological Seminars (archesem.com) excavating, sifting rubble, and examining ancient pottery alongside experts.”