Bet Shemesh

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Synonyms:
Beth-shemesh, bayt SHE-mesh, בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ
Beit_Shemesh (Wikipedia)

Beit Shemesh

  • בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ
  • بيت شيمش
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Beit Šemš
 • Also spelledBet Shemesh (official)
Neighborhood in Beit Shemesh
Neighborhood in Beit Shemesh
Official logo of Beit Shemesh
Emblem of Beit Shemesh
Beit Shemesh is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Beit Shemesh
Beit Shemesh
Beit Shemesh is located in Israel
Beit Shemesh
Beit Shemesh
Coordinates: 31°44′44.47″N 34°59′11.93″E / 31.7456861°N 34.9866472°E / 31.7456861; 34.9866472Coordinates: 31°44′44.47″N 34°59′11.93″E / 31.7456861°N 34.9866472°E / 31.7456861; 34.9866472
District Jerusalem
Founded1950
Government
 • TypeCity
 • MayorAliza Bloch
Area
 • Total34,259 dunams (34.259 km2 or 13.227 sq mi)
Population
(2017)
 • Total114,371
 • Density3,300/km2 (8,600/sq mi)
Name meaningHouse of the sun
Sprawling urbanization in Beit Shemesh
View of modern Beit Shemesh from the south
Modern Beit Shemesh, 2010
Beit Shemesh Shopping Center

Beit Shemesh (Hebrew:

בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ‬, Latin: Bethsames, Beth Shamesh, Bethshamesh or Bet shemesh and most often Beth-Shemesh in English translations of the Hebrew Bible) is a city located approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) west of Jerusalem in Israel's Jerusalem District, with a population of 114,371 in 2017. The history of Beit Shemesh goes back to pre-biblical times. The modern city of Beit Shemesh was founded in 1950.

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