Many people overlook the nearby antiquities which can be visited on the same entrance ticket and are well worth a short stop.
|Ein Gedi Synagogue Central Medallion|
The synagogue was completely excavated and nearby streets and buildings partially uncovered. Recently, excavations have restarted in the surrounding area.
Eusebius, an early 4th century father of the Christian Church, wrote about a very large village of Jews at Ein Gedi. Early manuscripts tell of Ein Gedi's inhabitants who grew date palms and persimmons. The source of the community's wealth was the persimmon bush or afarsimon which yielded a substance from which a valuable perfume could be extracted.
|Seven-branched Menorah detail|
Access the antiquites by following the sign to Nahal Arugot and Ein Gedi Synagogue.
There are picnic tables, bathrooms and a quiet place to enjoy the view of the Dead Sea away from the crowds. Open 8-4 in the winter and until 5 p.m. April-October