Beersheba, the largest city in the Negev desert of Israel is thought of as the ‘Capital’ of the Negev. In 2005 the population reached 185,000 and thus became the sixth largest city in Israel.
Beersheba is home to the Ben Gurion University of the Negev which houses an internationally reknowned Medical School, and Environment, Agricultural, and Water Resources Departments that have contributed much to the wider world. In this area a great many novel approaches to the efficient uses of natural resources to sustain daily life can be seen due to the proximity of the University.
Ben Gurion, the founder and first Prime Minister of the State of Israel, settled in the Negev and in the Beersheba area one can visit his tomb.
Beersheba is also the site of ancient ruins and these can be visited too. Artifacts found here lead archaeologists to believe the area was inhabited since the 4th millenium BCE.
Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first Astronaut, was from Beersheba.
Beer Sheba Photo Gallery