|2000||Tentative list||Submitted as tentative site by State Party|Xeres Nelro ():
I visited this site in December of 2006. it was awe-inspiring. you walk from the visitors centre, and suddenly, unexpectedly, this massive roman city opens up before you; with a huge tel (hill made of archaeological remains) in the background. It is the biggest roman city in the middle east, and the part that you can see, and walk around, is only the downtown. 2000 years ago, the city sprawled over where the modern city is today. i was told a story; about a person renovating his garage, and finding a roman mural under the floor.
the are several distinct sections; there is the theatre, the bathhouse, the cardo (main street), the tell, and several side streets. on top of the tell are the remains of a temple. the view from the tell is great, as you can see the entire city. there are many, many steps to get on top of the tell, and it is not for those who aren't fit.
this is a magnificent site, a beautifully day/ or half day, trip from tiberias. this is in my opionion; worthy of inscription in the world heritage list.
Date posted: June 2008 Assif Am-David (Israel):
Bet Shean is a great Roman city to explore. Its large streets were reasonably preserved and the city features several impressive buildings like the theatre. Climb the hill for a view of the entire site including the nearby amphitheatre and bridge. There are also interesting remains of an Old Egyptian residence atop it.
Date posted: May 2008
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