Qumran National Park

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Time Out says

This archeological gem above the shores of the Dead Sea houses the caves in which the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a passing shepherd.

The Qumran National Park is famous for being the site where the oldest Biblical manuscripts, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, were found by a Bedouin shepherd. Even though the manuscripts have since been moved to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, there’s still plenty to see at Qumran. Antiquities and ancient ruins point to a hermit Jewish sect, known as the Essenes, that once resided in the area, cutting themselves off from worldly pursuits and engaging in a life of reflection and celibacy. Some theorize that it was the Essenes themselves who owned the Dead Sea Scrolls. 


orth on Route 90 along the Dead Sea, westward at Kibbutz Kaliya, follow signs for Qumran.
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Opening hours:
Summer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 08:00-17:00; Friday and holiday eves: 16:00-08:00. Winter hours: Sunday-Thursday and Saturday: 16:00-08:00; Friday and holiday eves: 15:00-08:00; Holiday eves: 13:00-08:00; Yom Kippur eve: 13:00-08:00.
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