Beit Shean

Cities in Israel

"How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!"
(BaMidbar 24:5)

Beit Shean

, Ashdod. Photo: (c)

Beit She'an is one of the oldest cities in Israel.

Beit She'an is located in the north of the country in the Jordan Valley, 20 kilometers from the Sea of Galilee.

Modern Beit She'an was founded in 1949. The status of the city he received in 1999.

The city of Beit She'an is mentioned in Tanakh when describing the entry of the people into the Land of Israel.

Under King Shaul, Beit She'an was conquered by the Philistines, but King David returned it and gave it to his son Shlomo. The Greeks called Beit Shean Skitopolis. In the Byzantine era, Skitopolis was an important Christian city.

In 749 the city was destroyed by an earthquake.

In the archaeological excavations carried out in the 60s, a synagogue with a mosaic was found here. In the 90 years the excavations resumed. There were found the ruins of pagan temples, the Roman theater, baths.

On the site of archaeological excavations in the territory of the modern Israeli city of Beit Shean is the national park Scythopolis. Here you can see the ancient Greek amphitheater, colonnades, mosaics, Roman baths. In 2008, a light and sound show was opened for tourists.

The National Insurance Institute of Israel ("Bituah Leumi"):
Merkaz Mishari
Tel. *6050, 12226050

Israeli Employment Service ("Lishkat Taasuka"):
Nordau 63
Tel. 04-6586128

Israel Ministry of Construction and Housing:
Tel. 03-7632777, 03-7632806

Israel Ministry of Tourism:
Even Gvirol 69, Tel Aviv
Tel. 03-5218500

City streets and attractions near the city:

Beit She'an National Park

Beit Shean
The distance
(in straight line):

to Jerusalem - 83 km
to Tel Aviv - 79 km
to Haifa - 57 km
to Beer Sheva - 151 km