Beersheba

Overall Score

3.5

Beir Sheba – the largest city in the south of Israel, an important transportation hub for the country, and a center for education and culture.

Beir Sheba – the Biblical city, where it is commemorated by the name of Bathsheba. Here the wells of Abraham and Isaac were dug, and several other events took place. According to the Bible, the age of Berehovah is approximately 3,700 years. But archaeological excavations around the city have uncovered earlier remnants of the villages so-called Beirchev culture. Here we find the oldest traces of metallurgy in Israel, and everyday objects and decorations that link the inhabitants of this ancient village to Canaan and ancient Egypt.

Biblical times, Beir Sheba was the main city of the ancient and historic region of the Negev, But by the time the Romans conquered the region, Beirre-sheba had lost its importance, though it remained the crossroads for which it had struggled for centuries. In the 13th century, after the Crusader Wars (Moosulmans and Crusaders), Beir Sheva was abandoned by all its inhabitants. The rebirth of the city did not begin until 1900, at the instigation of the Turkish authorities. In 1917, battles broke out between the Austrian troops (as subdivisions of the military units of Great Britain) and the Turks, as a result of which the city came under the control of the Brittany Administration. In 1948, Beir Cheva became part of an independent Israel.

The main feature of Beir Cheva is located to the north-east of the present city. There, on the same hill, are the ruins of ancient Britain. The excavations have yielded several cultural layers spanning the period from the Medieval to Hellenistic times. Today, Òëlle Birch Cheve has been explored 60\% of the time and is a World Heritage Site.

In Birch Cheve itself, the main tourist sites are concentrated in the Old City. They are the legendary Alexanders Chapel, the chapel (1906), the Saraya – the former building of the Turkish administration (1901), the British military chapel, the Commissary (now – Nageves Museum of Art), the largest park in the South of Israel, several parks.

100 USD = 339.13 ILS

Overall Score

3.5
  • Air quality: 58 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
  • Religious government: Religious
  • Population: 200,000 people
  • GDP: $38,788 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 13 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Pelephone
  • Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
  • Tipping: The going rate for tipping in Israeli restaurants and cafes is between 10-15% depending on how pleased (or not) you are with your waiter/waitress. 10% is usually the minimum, with 12% an average tip. Only where warranted of course, a generous tip is always appreciated.
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  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Gett
  • Online electronics shop: Zap
  • Best hospital: Soroka Medical
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Arkia
  • Best intl air carrier: El Al
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1800
  • Monthly costs for family: $3600
  • Monthly costs for local: $1050
  • Meal: $13
  • Small Cola: $2
  • Beer 1 Pint: $6.5
  • Coffee: $4


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