The Seventh Day – Qumeran (Dead Sea)

Israel is such a tiny country that you can drive along and see the landscape change from one hill to the next. In no time at all (not more than half an hour), we were driving along the shore of the Dead Sea towards Qumeran.

Map - Qumeran

There was a short movie which I quite enjoyed about live at the Qumran community (called “Yachad” which just means “Community”). But the museum bit was a little bit of a let-down. I think if you’re going to visit Qumeran, you should go to Qumeran first and then the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum after that. There were facsimiles of the jars and pots and some of the scrolls in the museum at Qumeran, made to look new [except for the scroll], but… you know, I’ve already seen the real thing.

What I much enjoyed more, however, was looking around the ruins. The Shrine of the Book sort of implied that the Qumeran community lived in caves, which isn’t true.

04 - Panorama Ruins

03 - Ruins

01 - Aquaduct



05 - Cistern

water cistern


02 - Mikveh

mikveh. There were about four of these

I can’t describe the landscape in this area. I haven’t seen anything like it. The hills are sort of pale reddish-brown, with great chasms and cliffs.

09 - Panorama

06 - Crevice


We saw the cave the scrolls were found in.

07 - Cave

08 - Me

Just as the place was getting busy outside, we went inside to eat lunch in a massive cafeteria.

It cost me 57 shekels for lunch, which was schnitzel pita, soup, and a drink. Oddly, the chips were put inside the pita, along with cucumber, tomato, and lettuce.

10 - Lunch

The cafeteria was quiet when we ate, but quickly got busy – as did the shop.

11 - Akubra Tree

More Australian things.

12 - Made in Australia


4 thoughts on “The Seventh Day – Qumeran (Dead Sea)

  1. Ruth Hay says:

    The ‘original’ hat-in-a-bag made in Australia. I presume they are only made here and not sold here because I have never seen one!

  2. Jo Creek says:

    It looks like the weather has improved greatly. No rain and you don’t need to wear your jacket!

    • Rachel says:

      A lot of people were saying when we were in Jerusalem that if you go just a little bit north or a little bit south, the weather improves greatly. But because Jerusalem’s up the top of a mountain, it’s colder and wetter.

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