LOT’S CAVE

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LOT’S CAVE

AND THE LOWEST MUSEUM ON EARTH

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    SMALL BYZANTINE CHURCH AT LOT'S CAVE

LOT’S CAVE

Known as the world’s most sinful cities, “The five Cities of the Plain”, mentioned in the Bible as Sodom, Gomorrah, Zoar, Admah and Zeboim were unearthed along the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. According to the Bible these Bronze-Age cities were destroyed by the Lord with a rain of brimstone and fire to put an end to the perversions and wickedness of its people. Genesis 19 describes how God sent his two angels to Sodom, to lead Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and his family outside the city before its destruction. Lot and his two daughters sought refuge in a cave overlooking the southeastern part of the Dead Sea near the ancient city of Zoar (modern Safi) while his wife was turned into a pillar of salt because she had defied God’s orders and looked back to watch the destruction of Sodom.

The cave where Lot and his two daughters dwelt in has been recently discovered in the barren hills overlooking Safi, along with ruins of a small Byzantine church with mosaic floors and burial chambers. At the base of the hill is Lot’s Museum, “The Lowest Museum on Earth” where about 400 archaeological finds from the area and across the Jordan Valley, representing history from 8000 BC, are exhibited.