The meticulously planned streets, plazas, and dwellings of the lower part of this important biblical city were surrounded by a powerful 1,200-meter city wall. It even had a reservoir into which rainwater was channeled. A highlight of the visit to Tel Arad is the Israelite temple in the upper city, which scholars say was a miniature version of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. The lower city was inhabited in the Early Bronze Age and the upper city was first settled in the Israelite period (1200 BCE).
photographer: Tzipi Cohen.