A hike along part of the "Round Be'er Sheva Trail", starting at the Abraham's Well visitor center in town, east along the river to Tel Be'er Sheva, a 3000 year old settlement, then north to the Negev Brigade Memorial, and back into town along the university. The hike itself is not that exciting, but there are some interesting things to see along the way.
The Be'er Sheva river at the southern edge of the city.
Which is used by some Bedouin people to herd their goats.
A little further is the Turkish railway bridge, originally built in 1915 under the Ottoman empire.
Then a little side trip to see the Beit Eshel compound, an original Jewish settlement from the early 1940s. It was mostly destroyed in 1948 by Egyptian forces invading the newly formed state of Israel. The place is currently being (partly) restored as a monument.
Continuing on along the Be'er Sheva River Park, still mostly under construction.
A herd of camels along the river bed, also belonging to Bedouin people.
And then another side trip to see Tel Be'er Sheva, the "original" Be'er Sheva (as mentioned in the Bible), the foundations of which date back some 3000 years.
A nearby village, with several mosques. At some point I could even hear the prayers blasting through the speakers.
The entrance to the underground water system, pretty elaborate for its time.
Continuing on again, through a dry river bed.
Then up to the Negev Brigade Memorial, an interesting design blending in with the surrounding landscape.
A view of the modern city of Be'er Sheva under the scorching desert sun.
And a panoramic view across the desert area around the city.
The hike and elevation profile.
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