Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, Mitspe Ramon

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#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in Southern District
On a limestone hill in the center of the desert, the World Heritage Site of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis represents one of the most important cities on the ancient Incense trade route. Founded in the 3rd century BCE and abandoned in the 7th due to a violent earthquake, the city hosted Nabataeans, Romans, and Byzantines. Explore the last remaining relics and ruins of the metropolis, once teeming with agricultural enterprise and benefiting from the great wealth accumulated from perfume and spice trade along the Mediterranean coast. See the remains of the city's fortress, churches, army camp, and houses. Plan your Nabatean Avdat Acropolis visit and explore what else you can see and do in Mitspe Ramon using our Mitspe Ramon sightseeing planning site .
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  • The most interesting among the Nabatean cities along the incense route in the Negev desert. The restorations are nearing completion and the Acropolis is fascinating for its panoramas and walls in good condition.
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  • This archaeological site is really interesting. The signs are clear and informative. The walkways are easily navigated. We loved learning about the spice route and the Nabateans who provided loding, f...  more »
  • Great restoration work has been done here to give the visitors a sense of the past glory of this Nabatean city which was the second most important after Petra. The Byzantine St Theodore's Church is im...  more »

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