Burg Altena, Germany

Neot Kedumim is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Far more than a "garden" showing various Biblical plants, the 625-acre reserve embodies the panorama and power of the landscapes that both shaped the values of the Bible and provided a rich vocabulary for expressing them.

The Bible conveys its ideas not it abstract terms, but through a clear and vivid record of long human interaction with the land. Neot Kedumim has drawn on a variety of disciplines - such as Bible scholarship, botany,zoology, geography, history and archaeology - to bring the Bible and its commentaries to life.

Miles of comfortable, wheelchair-accessible paths crisscross the reserve. Recently, "TourTrains" have been added to enable group access to larger parts of the reserve without the extended use of poluuting buses. Another recent undertaking is the introduction of animals, some extinct in the wild, into their native habitats as represented at Neot Kedumim.

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