Consisting of a series of catacombs, the necropolis developed from the 2nd century AD as the primary Jewish burial place outside Jerusalem following the failure of the second Jewish revolt against Roman rule. Located southeast of the city of Haifa, these catacombs are a treasury of artworks and inscriptions in Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew and Palmyrene. Bet She’arim bears unique testimony to ancient Judaism under the leadership of Rabbi Judah the Patriarch, who is credited with Jewish renewal after 135 AD.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|Beit She’arim Necropolis||2018||0.3km||site_ao|
|Soldier’s House (Beit Hachyal)||1963||18.3km||site_brutalism|
|Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (today Danciger Laboratories), Technion||12.4km||site_brutalism|
|Leo Baeck School||20km||site_brutalism|
|Immigrants Hostel (today The Alfred & Irma Morgenthau Absorption Center)||17.8km||site_brutalism|
|Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee||2008||20.3km||site_whs|
|Biblical Tels – Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba||2005||12.8km||site_whs|
|Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves||2012||15.5km||site_whs|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.