Abraham’s Well in Be’er Sheva – ancient well and information center in Beersheba

Abraham’s Well is a visitors’ center dedicated to Abraham, who lived in Beersheba, and the biblical connection to the city. The story in Genesis 21 tells of a well which Abraham dug and Abimelech’s servants seized. Abraham gave seven ewe lambs to Abimelech as witness that he dug the well himself. Abimelech accepted the lambs and the two men swore an oath in the place, named Be’er Sheva.

The well is in the center of the courtyard. It is 3 meters in diameter and 26 meters deep. The top part of the well is lined with stones, probably from the Byzantine period, and the bottom part is cut into the bedrock.

Abraham’s well

The visitors’ center has a 3D presentation. Pamphlets about other sites in the area are available as well.

Be’er Avraham is located at 29 Gershon Dubenboim Street, in the old city of Be’er Sheva. For more information, call 08-623-4613.

The center is open Sun-Thurs from 8:00-17:30, and on Friday from 9:00-13:00. Visits should be booked in advance.

 

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