Bet She'an / Scythopolis

32.501,+35.501

Bet She'an sits at a strategically important location in the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley. Excavations indicate at least 18 successive ancient towns, with settlement dating back possibly as far back as the sixth millennium BCE. The site is referenced numerous times in the old testament (as Beth Shan in the NIV - Joshua 17, 1 Samuel 31, and others). The Greek name of Scythopolis dates from the Hellenistic city of the third century BCE.

The most visible ruins around which the national park were built date from the first century BCE and include a well preserved Roman-era theatre, hippodrome, cardo, and collection of bathhouses. The city suffered serious damage in an earthquake in 363 and further declined through a succession of rulers until an earthquake in 749 pretty much finished off this location. Subsequent settlement of the area moved to adjacent locations.

This is another of those sites where the drama of the ruins doesn't require much imagination from the visitor. Curiously, the thought that kept running through my mind as we walked down the cardo was whether tourists 2,000 years in the future would walk through the ruins of New York and similarly marvel at the tenuousness of human achievement.

Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Disembarking
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Disembarking
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
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Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
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Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
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Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
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Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
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Bet She'an - 19th century buildings
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Transport
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Transport
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Hippodrome
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Hippodrome
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Hippodrome
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Hippodrome
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Hippodrome
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Hippodrome
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Hippodrome
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Hippodrome
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Tzachi
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Tzachi
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bet She'an
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Bet She'an
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Site model
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Site model
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Looking up the colonnade from the south
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Looking up the colonnade from the south
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Ruins from the south
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Ruins from the south
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Theatre vomitoria
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Theatre vomitoria
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Theatre
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Theatre
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Theatre
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Theatre
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Theatre
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Theatre
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Theatre
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Theatre
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Contemporary stage
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Contemporary stage
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Colonnade
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Colonnade
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Columns
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Columns
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - West bathhouse
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West bathhouse
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Mosaics
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Mosaics
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse sign
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Bathhouse sign
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse diagram
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Bathhouse diagram
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse
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Bathhouse
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse
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Bathhouse
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse
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Bathhouse
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse
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Bathhouse
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse
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Bathhouse
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse description
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Bathhouse description
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse model
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Bathhouse model
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Fire chamber
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Fire chamber
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bathhouse
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Bathhouse
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Toilet sign
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Toilet sign
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Toilets
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Toilets
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - The group
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The group
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Bet She'an
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Bet She'an
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Mosaic
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Mosaic
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Mosaic
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Mosaic
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Colonnade
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Colonnade
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - A friend
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A friend
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Palladius Street sign
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Palladius Street sign
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - North end of street
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North end of street
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Toppled columns
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Toppled columns
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Toppled columns
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Toppled columns
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Plaza ruins
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Plaza ruins
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Colonnade
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Colonnade
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - National park sign
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National park sign
Bet She'an / Scythopolis - Modern Bet She'an
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Modern Bet She'an

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