We received this video from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. It shows visitors from Singapore blow shofars in the City of Bnei Horin in the Beit Guvrin National Park, some 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem.

The Beit Guvrin National Park was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and is considered one of the most popular national parks of the Nature and Parks Authority. Recently, the park received a facelift, with the launch of a new compound in the northern part of the park known as the City of the Bnei Horin (Heb: free people).

City of Bnei Horin in the Beit Govrin National Park. / Courtesy of the Nature and Parks Authority
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The complex includes an ancient amphitheater which was designed to host an audience of 3,500, and has been almost entirely exposed, making it a unique architectural and archeological find of its kind in the region, and the only one in Israel which is open to visitors.

Other points of interest in the renovated compound are a Crusader church, with a hall and two secondary wings, with a variety of floor tiles, columns and capitals collected from the region and used by the Crusaders to build the church. The site contains the remains of a fortress wall and a bathhouse.

City of Bnei Horin in the Beit Govrin National Park. / Courtesy of the Nature and Parks Authority

As part of the project, the Israel Antiquities Authority is integrating a new, creative illustration system that accompanies the stones and the special archaeological monuments. They help visitors take a look at the lives of the people of Beit Guvrin during different periods in history and embark on an exciting and memorable journey.

The illustrations on the site include figures of Roman soldiers, colorful time bars, a playroom for the study of Roman literature, and reconstruction illustrations of various points of interest in the spirit of the times.

There are also comic book boards that humorously describe the life of gladiators and illustrate their clothing, their weapons and the animals that starred in their shows.

(Source: israel.agrisupportonline.com)

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