Located in the southern portion of Israel, Beersheba is the eighth most populated city in the country. Lovingly known by its unofficial nickname of “Capital of the Negev,” Beersheba’s history dates back to Biblical times, as the city founded by Abraham and Isaac after they made peace with Philistine ruler Abimelech.
Today, Beersheba is the cultural and historical hub of the region, boasting impressive architecture of historical significance. Because of its historical importance, the site Tel Beer Sheba has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is there that tourists can get a first-hand look at what an ancient walled city was like. The Bedouin Market offers a unique opportunity for shopping in a colorful and vibrant setting.
Because of all of this, together with its numerous outdoor activities, traditional food, and amazing museums that feature a myriad of displays that include relics from times gone by, it is no wonder that Beersheba is one of the most sought-after destinations in Israel.
- Beersheba is the largest city in the Negev desert.
- The city has a population of 209,687 inhabitants.
- The wave of Russian immigrants that arrived in the area in 1990 caused chess to become a major sport in the city.
- The International Visitor’s Center – The International Visitor’s Center features technology used to recount the history of the city and Abraham.
- The Bedouin Market – This weekly shopping experience was established in 1905. It offers visitors authentic Bedouin merchandise and glassware, together with traditional food.
- The Ancient City of Tel Beer Sheba – Currently an active archaeological dig, visitors can view a number of historical artifacts at the Ancient City of Tel Beer Sheba, including relics from Roman times.