Abraham’s Well is located on the banks of the biblical Be'er Sheva River at the entrance to the Old City. It was dug by Abraham as is written in Genesis. The well is located in the center of a courtyard. It is 3.75 meters in diameter and 13 meters deep. The top part is lined with stones. After Abraham built the well, Abimelech's servants seized the well and in order to have it returned to him, Abraham gave 7 ewes to Abimelech. The two men then swore an oath in the place named Be'er Sheva. The name Be'er Sheva means today "seven wells". Originally the name of the city was the well of oath. The oath between Abram and Abimelech the king of Grarr.
Today Abraham's Well is an International Visitors Center, a unique and exciting heritage site which tells the story of the life of the patriarch Abraham in interactive 3D presentations. Abraham hosted angels in his tent, he was the world's first peace-maker and was the spiritual father of the three monotheistic religions. Abraham's story encourages visitors to discuss faith, values and history till today.
Abraham's Well, being part of the Be'er Sheva valley, was a source of fresh water throughout the centuries and as such symbolized life for the many travelers on different routes.
Abraham's Well is open Sunday through Thursday from 08:30-17:00, Friday from 09:00-13:00. Please book your visit in advance. There is an entrance fee.
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