Bet She’arim – Israels 9:e världsarv

I söndags, den fjärde juli 2015, deklarerade UNESCO:s Världsarvskonferens att nekropolis Bet She’arim, som ligger i lägre Galileen och daterats till 200 f.Kr., upptas på världsarvslistan och blir därmed Israel nionde världsarv.

På sin hemsida skriver UNESCO:

Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal

Consisting of a series of catacombs, the necropolis developed from the 2nd century BCE as the primary Jewish burial place outside Jerusalem following the failure of the second Jewish revolt against Roman rule. Located southeast of the city of Haifa, these catacombs are a treasury of artworks and inscriptions in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew. Beth She’arim bears unique testimony to ancient Judaism under the leadership of Rabbi Judah the Patriarch, who is credited with Jewish renewal after 135 CE.

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The necropolis of Bet She'arim

The necropolis of Bet She’arim

Bilder: Tsvika Tsuk, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

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