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The Qumran Ruin is a complex of structures located in the Yehuda Desert on the verge of the Dead Sea. It can be found on a barren terrace between the Dead Sea and the cliffs where the long-untouched Qumran Caves reside. The Qumran Ruin is located just next to the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, some 1300 feet below sea level and several kilometers south of Jericho, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the Dead Sea area.

The design of the Qumran ruin is unique, with many large halls that used to serve public functions, and a relatively small number of living quarters. The main structure used to have several rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Additional building complexes, to the south and east of the main building, have contained long halls, rooms and ritual baths. A large number of mikva’ot (ritual baths) were found throughout the site, as was typical of public and private buildings in Jerusalem in the Second Temple period.

Beside the spectacular archeological value of these ancient ruins, Qumran is best known as the nearest settlement to the burial place of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves around the area, and have been considered to be the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times. The scrolls consist of about 825 to 870 separate documents of great religious and historical importance that include the only known existing copies of Biblical documents created before 100 AD.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were most likely written by the Essenes, a strict Torah observant, Messianic, new covenant Jewish sect during the period lasting from about 200 B.C. to 68 A.D. They enhance our knowledge of both Judaism and Christianity, and represent a non-rabbinic form of Judaism alongside a wealth of comparative materials for New Testament scholars.

Visiting the Qumran National Park is an exciting and inspiring experience. The most important findings in the area are the ones from the end of the Second Temple period and from the Bar-Kochva rebellion era. It is possible to see the cave in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and other structures that were excavated nearby. An audio-visual presentation tells the story of the site and the people who used to live here. In addition, it is possible to take a short walk up the Qumran canyon, in a nice desert surrounding, and appreciate the one-of-a-kind surrounding of the lowest place on earth.

The Dead Sea: A Natural Wonder of the World and a Must-Visit Destination

The Dead Sea: A Natural Wonder of the World and a Must-Visit Destination

The Dead Sea is unlike any other place in the world. It is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting the Israel, and for many good reasons. Thanks to the climate and the mineral qualities of the area, it holds a variety of therapeutic qualities and offers many beauty treatments and body massages you only have to choose from while visiting. At minus 416 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. It is a very sunny area, with 330 days of sun a year and a miraculously dry air, unpolluted so it can purify respiratory systems. The sea itself is the only un-drownable lake on earth, and the sensation of floating in reading position in the salty water is one of the unique pleasures travelers from all around the world come to the Dead Sea for. Because of its therapeutic qualities, the Dead Sea is the ultimate Spa destination. An assortment of mineral waters of various qualities is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments, and the mineral-rich springs rise from deep down into little ponds along the shores. The well-known natural black mud is another famous Dead Sea feature, which improves blood circulation and relieves tensions of mind and muscle. The outdoor activity of getting covered by mud is one that a visitor to the Dead Sea should not miss. Besides being a relaxing resort, the Dead Sea is also a fascinating and lively location with many attractions for more active travelers. These include the Qumran National Park, with its ancient caves on the northern shores where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical documents known to men, were found. The Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens offer a fun trip for flora lovers, with more than 1000 species of plants from around the world. The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is another great place for visitors to view some bird sanctuaries and wildlife of the desert. The Arugut reserve, with its series of shallow pools, perfect for bathing, is another popular destination for a short trip, and the Zohar Fortress and Canyon, a canyon in white soft limestone, is also worth a stop. There are many other routes and small trips to take while visiting the Dead Sea. You can easily find useful information in the tourists Information center in Ein Bokek center, where most of the area's hotels are located and few restaurants and shops can be found as well. Hotels in the Dead Sea >>

The Herbert Samuel Milos Hotel on the coastline of the Dead Sea is an authentic Greek resort

The Herbert Samuel Milos Hotel on the coastline of the Dead Sea is an authentic Greek resort

The Herbert Samuel Milos Hotel is situated on the coastline of the Dead Sea and in front of the Edom Mountains, at the lowest point on earth. The Hotel is a happy and authentic Greek resort during the day. An atmosphere of fun and relaxation is evident in every corner: The boutique hotel is spread over acres of green and well-kept areas, flower beds and ornamental trees. Designed in low construction, the hotel rooms are decorated in Greek style and painted in white and blue. They surround the central complex that includes the hotel restaurant, spa complex, and tavern. A private path that is intended for hotel guests only leads to the coastline within touching distance. Several lounge chairs are scattered around the complex to provide a place for relaxing or vigorous swimming. During the evening, the hotel takes on a mysterious and quiet appearance. A desert wind caresses the palm trees at sunset, inviting guests to go outside, breathe deeply the fresh air, and connect to a more inner, peaceful and relaxed place. The 162 rooms and suites on Milos are ideal for a special family vacation or a romantic getaway for couples. Infinity pools and terraces are part of some of the luxurious suites. There are a Turkish bath, a dry sauna, a jacuzzi, a Dead Sea water pool and a sulfur pool in the luxury spa complex, as well as designed treatment rooms and a gym for body and mind treatments. A wide variety of light meat meals, drinks, snacks, and ice creams are available at the gazebo restaurant adjacent to the pool, which serves rich breakfasts and dinners. Located in the shade of a huge ficus tree, the tavern is an authentic Greek culinary complex with stones that came from the Greek mountains. There is a conference and event hall, a synagogue, and a gaming room in the central complex. Reviews say: The Milos Dead Sea hotel receives mostly positive reviews from guests. The staff is consistently described as courteous and helpful, with particular thanks given to specific employees for their excellent service. The spa is also highly praised for its services, although some guests did mention a problem with the temperature of the sulphur baths. The beach is also noted as remarkable, and the hotel's location is generally considered excellent. However, some guests were disappointed with the quality of the food, with a few describing it as mediocre and overpriced. A few guests also experienced issues with parking or had complaints about the hotel's adherence to Jewish religious traditions. Overall, the Milos Dead Sea hotel offers a unique and pleasant atmosphere that sets it apart from a standard hotel experience.

Vert Dead Sea hotel review

Vert Dead Sea hotel review

I recently stayed at the Vert Dead Sea hotel and overall, it was a great experience. The hotel is located right by the beach and offers stunning views of the Dead Sea. The room I stayed in was spacious and clean, with a comfortable bed and a nice balcony. One of the highlights of my stay was the exceptional breakfast and supper that were served at the hotel's restaurant. The variety of food, especially the vegetables, was impressive and delicious. I also loved the spa facilities, especially the heated pool with Dead Sea water. The Harmony massage was one of the best treatments of my life. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful, although there were a few instances where some personnel could have used more training and manners. In particular, the restaurant staff could have been more polite. One issue I had was with the parking, as the hotel doesn't have enough parking spots and we had to park at the shopping center next door, which resulted in a parking fee. It's an ongoing problem, and I think a hotel charging such rates should have allocated parking spots to every room or make arrangements with the parking next door to avoid any surprises. Overall, I would highly recommend the Vert Dead Sea hotel for its excellent location, comfortable rooms, exceptional food, and spa facilities. It's a great place to stay if you want to experience the Dead Sea and relax by the beach.

The Dead Sea: A Unique Tourist Destination with Healing Properties
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