What secrets does the Dead Sea hide?
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The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world, located 15,000 feet below sea level. Formed as a result of the Syrian-African rift (the largest fault line in the world), visitors are drawn to the Dead Sea for its healing properties and hyper-salinated water.
But you probably already knew all that. What you might not know is the rich history of this area.
Just around the corner from the Dead Sea is Wadi Qelt, a dried out riverbed that hosts the remnants of a thriving monastic community that lived here 15,000 years ago. St George’s Monastery is comprised of buildings carved into the cliffside, and is believed to have been built on top of the caves where Elijah the Prophet hid from the evil queen Jezebel in the Bible.
Also nearby is the ancient city of Jericho. Here, archaeologists have discovered 3000 year-old battle grounds, the very sites where Joshua and the Israelites once conquered Jericho.
The Dead Sea is also inextricably tied to the biblical narrative of Sedom and Gemorrah, when the cities were destroyed with fire and brimstone, and all that was left were pillars of salt…