most of the ground in this area is chalky - an ideal stone for caves. caves were in the beit govrin area, which were used as quarries and burial grounds, storerooms and workshops, hiding places and spaces for raising doves.
some of the most beautiful caves in this area are the bell caves - they are called this because of their shape. i was in awe of the gorgeous undulating lines forming the caves. stunning.
crosses and arabic inscriptions may be found on the cave walls which suggests the caves were dug during the early arabian period.
another extraordinary cave was the sidonian burial cave - it has restored wall paintings of animals, real and mythic, above the niches where the corpses were once laid.
i couldn't help but think of gracia's work when looking at these old frescoes.
another amazing cave is the columbarium cave - it is built with hundreds of small alcoves in the walls used for raising pigeons.
i found the alcoved forms beautiful.
we had a wonderful day exploring and learning tales of days long ago.
i hope your weekend was lovely too.