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Israel’s Underground City Honored as World Heritage Site

Image: Tourists visit the Bell caves locate at the Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park in central Israel
Tourists visit the Bell caves locate at the Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park in central Israel, on Tuesday. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP - Getty Images

The United Nations cultural agency designated this week the network of over 2,000 years old, man-made caves outside of Jerusalem a World Heritage site, the eighth such site in Israel. UNESCO added the caves of Beit Guvrin-Maresha — known as a "city under a city" — to the prestigious list of World Heritage sites during its annual meeting in Qatar on Sunday.

Image: Saam Gabbay of the U.S. visits the Maze Cave of Beit Guvrin-Maresha
Saam Gabbay of the U.S. visits the Maze Cave of Beit Guvrin-Maresha, central Israel, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Ariel Schalit / AP