Family crypt, circa 3rd century B.C.E.

Looking back on my somewhat whirlwind trip to Israel last month, this spot, which I saw near the end, was one of my favorites. This thing is underground, and from above, you would not even notice the entrance if it was not marked. Which it is because the Israel national park service is very efficient.

A Sidonian burial cave, says the brochure from Bet Guvrin-Maresha, one of my pal Snoopy’s favorite spots in the Judean lowlands because, as he says, it’s usually pretty quiet and peaceful.  Not a big draw, in other words. No Masada. No Jerusalem. Etc. But imagine all the work that went into this place. The caves were discovered in 1902. The paintings are restorations of the originals.

UPDATE:  More on the park from Wikipedia.

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