Capital of the Negev Desert
Beer Sheba, also spelled Beer Sheva is the capital city of the Negev Desert. It is one of the largest Israeli cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants. Since there is enough supply of land the city is spread out, and divided into neighborhoods or “Shchunot”.
It is by Israeli standards a mostly middle class city. Like any other world city it has three wealthy suburbs with villas and manicured gardens. They are Omer, Metar and Lehavim.
A visit to the Israel Air Force Museum is a must while in Beer Sheva
Beer Sheba Attractions
Ben Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 1969 with
the aim to bring development to the Negev, a desert area comprising more
than sixty percent of the country.
The University was inspired by the vision of Israel's first Prime
Minister, David Ben Gurion, who believed that the future of the country
lay in this region.
Soroka Medical Center
Soroka Medical Center is a hospital in Beersheba, Israel. It is
the largest medical center in southern region of the country, and the
fourth largest in Israel.
Soroka services diverse ethnic communities, including patients
from Bedouin communities throughout the Negev. It is a teaching hospital
associated with nearby Ben Gurion University's medical school.
Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba is our leader's dream come true
The downtown area is part of an Ottoman city built in the
beginning of the XX Century. It features many architectural jewels and
restaurants with many culinary delights.
In other words Beer Sheba is humble and unpretentious compared with the big cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Surrounding Beer Sheva there are a few Bedouin villages or towns like Rahat, Tel Sheva, Hura and Laqiya.
The Bedouin Market
It is located next to municipal market south of downtown. Every
Thursday in the early morning the Bedouin tribes come from the desert to
buy and sell their goods.
In other times it was more picturesque than now. I remember when
they insisted on “exchanging” one of our girlfriends for a camel. They
really insisted. Today you can still see Bedouins in their attire
bartering over coffee and flour.
It is located on the crossing of KKL Street and Derech Hebron. These are two round stone walls covered by an arch stone roof.
The wells are no longer in use but you can still see some water
flowing below. Legend says that in this place Abraham watered his large
flocks 4,000 years ago.
Soroka Medical Center and Medical School serving the South of Israel
Old Railway Station
“Hatachana BiBeer Sheva” like the old song is located on Tuviyahu
Street. It is here where Lawrence of Arabia played his tricks against
the Turks during World War I.
The Monument to the Negev Fighters Brigade
It commemorates the Brigade of the Palmach that captured the
Negev during the war of Independence of 1948. It was made by one of
Israel’s most famous artists, Danny Caravan.
It is a moving site that shouldn’t be missed. It is located on the northeast of the city just off the road that leads to Hebron.
Tel Beer Sheba National Park
Is located northeast of the city on route 60, is an
archaeological dig for many years. They have unearthed an earlier city
dating to the 12th to 8th Century BC. It is a circular city with rows of
building on both sides.
Monument to the Negev Brigade Fighters
The IAF, Israel Air Force Museum
In the west of Beer Sheba, contains at least 100 planes used during Israel History.
For example de Czech Messerschmitt that helped stop the
Egyptians on their advance into Israel in 1948; the Boeing 707 that was
used in July 1976 for the famous rescue of the Air France passengers
hijacked and taken to Entebbe Airport in Uganda; an exhibit of Ilan
Ramon our hero killed in the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster.
The Negev Bedouin
There are about 150,000 Bedouin living in Israel. They are all
Israeli citizens and many have served in the Israeli Defense Forces,
IDF, some with great distinctions.
With the help of the Ministry of Tourism and private
organizations, some cooperatives of women’s craft have been developed.
Other Bedouin projects include providing treks, camping and Bedouin
dinner tents as a tourist attraction of the Negev Desert.
Legend says that Abraham watered his flocks 4,000 years ago here
The name Beer Sheva is first seen in the Old Testament as the
place where Abraham and his son Isaac lived and from where Jacob fled to
Haran escaping from his brother Esau. It is also mentioned as the
southernmost city of Biblical Israel
Visit Beer Sheba
On the way to your holiday in Eilat or Ramon Crater or maybe
Dimona or the Dead Sea, make a point to stop in Beer Sheba. The visit is
a great experience.
ben gurion university by judith garinkol
soroka hospital by avishai teicher
abraham well by ariel
iaf museum by math knight
negev brigade monument n/a
All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Which Israeli City you like the most ?
Do you have a particular city in Israel that you love the most?
From Beer Sheba go to Israeli Cities
Go Israel Holy Land Home Page