Neot Kedumim, the world's only Biblical Landscape Reserve
Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, is located halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This unique recreation of the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail allows visitors to see life as it was lived by our ancestors 3,000 years ago. More than a “garden” showing various plants, Neot Kedumim embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes which shaped the values of the Bible and provided the rich vocabulary for expressing those values.
On 625 acres of hills and valleys, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies a world apart. Neot Kedumim – the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel. a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. it embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that both helped shape the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them on a variety of disciplines – such as Bible scholarship, botany, zoology, geography, history, and archaeology – to bring the Bible and its commentaries to life.
By reuniting text and context, it opens up before the visitor Israel’s nature as the idiom of the Bible. The symbols, prayers, and holidays of the Jewish and Christian heritage, observed and preserved for thousands of years, blossom in a new and colorful dimension at the world’s only biblical landscape reserve.
A non-profit organization in Israel, Neot Kedumim has received international recognition as a model of restoration ecology – the reclamation of ravaged landscapes. In 1994, Neot Kedumim won the Israel Prize, the highest honor awarded by the State of Israel, for its special contribution to the society and the state.