Qumran

This section shows photos from Qumran. Qumran is a ruin from the days of the Second Temple on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. It has been famous since 1947 when a number of ancient manuscripts were found in nearby caves. These manuscripts are now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. More info on Qumran can be found here.

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Ibex at Ein Gedi. Date palms in the background.

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Tourists on the way to Qumran.

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Excavations at Qumran. Several caves are visible in the hills.

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Excavations at Qumran. Another view showing caves in the hills.

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Qumran reservoir.

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Ruins of building wall.

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Mikveh for water purification ceremonies. A mikveh (pronounced MICKvuh, also spelled mikvah), is a Jewish ritual bath.

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Room ruins.

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Wall remains.

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Water reservoirs.

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Ravine at edge of ruins.

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Detail showing cave.

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Detail showing another cave.

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Looking across the Dead Sea at the Jordanian Mountains.

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Building ruins.

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Touring ruins in the hot sun is hungry work. Lunch at the Qumran visitors center.

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Flowering locust tree going to the entrance to Kalia Beach on the Dead Sea.

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View of Dead Sea. This is at Kalia Beach.