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New Night Show at Beit Shean Archeological Park
Beit Shean Archeological ParkA new Audio-visual night show opened in Beit Shean Excavation Park recently. Using innovative projecting technology the show provides an authentic experience of walking through the streets of Scythopolis – the city that once flourished on this site.
Located 17 miles (27 km) south of the Sea of Galilee, Beth Shean is situated at the strategic junction of the Harod and Jordan Valleys. The area has been almost continuously settled from the Chalcolithic period to the present. During the Hellenistic period it had a Hellenised population and was called Scythopolis, probably after the Scythian mercenaries who settled there as veterans. Greek mythology has the city founded by Dionysus and his nursemaid Nysa buried there; thus it was known as Nysa-Scythopolis. In 64 BCE it was taken by the Romans, rebuilt, and made the capital of the Decapolis, the "Ten Cities" of Samaria. Pax Romana favored the city, and the findings on the site tell a story of high-level urban planning and extensive construction including the best preserved Roman theatre of ancient Samaria as well as a hippodrome, cardo, and other trademarks of the Roman influence. During the 4th-7th century Byzantine period, Beit She'an was primarily Christian, as attested to by the large number of churches, but Jewish and a Samaritan synagogue remains indicate Beit Shean Archeological Parkestablished communities of these minorities. The pagan temple in the city centre was destroyed, but the nymphaeum and Roman baths were restored. Many dedicatory inscriptions indicate a preference for donations to religious buildings, and many colourful mosaics were preserved.
The new show invites visitors to unfold the history of the ancient city as they walk along the park's attractions. Large high-tech projectors, sophisticated lighting and audio affects bring the city to life through and over its different life cycles. The earth quake that once destroyed the city (in the year 749) presented the special affects department a unique challenge…But even this historical event is recreated for you as part of the show. The audience can join the tour through time at any point and travel freely through the park. The show, named Shean Nights, will run nine months a year in the cool evenings and it fits perfectly after a day trip on the near Gilboa Mountain and a dip in the Sakhne Springs (Gan HaShlosha National Park). Beit Shean is a mere 40 minutes drive from Tiberias and an hour and a half from Haifa or Tel Aviv.
The grandiose show only adds to the marvelous beauty of the archeological park and is definitely worth your time, especially if you are one of the skeptics claiming that "If you've seen one Roman city you've seen them all"… This is the one that will change your mind.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 PM - 10:45 PM and Saturday 9 PM - 10:45 PM. Tickets: Adults - 40 NIS, Children – 30 NIS. Reservations must be made in advance at Tel: (972) 04-6481122

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