Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and his wife, Paula, are buried on the edge of a cliff overlooking the stunning landscape of the Zin Valley and the Avdat Plain. The paths from the parking area to the gravesites lead through a landscaped garden with plants which successfully adapted to the dry and saline desert conditions.
David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel and served as the first Prime Minister of the State. A person admired throughout the world, Ben-Gurion championed the settlement of the Negev Desert and practiced what he preached. In 1953 he and Paula were accepted as members of Kibbutz Sde Boker and in 1963 the then-former Prime Minister and his wife made their permanent home in a modest cabin at the kibbutz.
World leaders who visited Ben-Gurion in his residence were amazed to see the famous man living in such humble surroundings. Today this cabin houses a museum in memory of the Prime Minister, administered by the Ben-Gurion Research Center.
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