Beit She’an, Israel – Stunning Greco-Roman Ruins and More!

floor mosaic of Tyche, patron goddess of Scythopolis (Beit She'an)

floor mosaic of Tyche, patron goddess of Scythopolis (Beit She’an)

About seventeen miles south of the Sea of Galilee is one of the world’s most extensively excavated Greco-Roman sites – Beit She’an (aka Scythopolis). Blessed with fertile land and abundant water, this strategic location at the convergence of the Jordan and Jezreel Valleys has been occupied at least since the 5th millennium BCE and holds remains from Canaanites, Egyptians, Philistines, Israelites, Greeks, Romans and Byzantines in 18 distinct layers. At its peak, as the main Roman Decapolis city, Beit She’an had a population of 40,000. Continue reading