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“Amazing Find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
Sdeh Boker, Mitspe Ramon, Israel
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“Amazing Find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This stronghold along the Incense Route must be overlooked by many. That's a shame. Don't make the same mistake. Great stop for anyone interested in antiquities. The rangers are very helpful. The visit should take about an hour or so.

Visited June 2012
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Strasbourg, France
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“A 2,000 year old Nabatean City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Avdat is worth a visit, a 2,000 year old city on the Incense Route with impressive ruins, including Nabatean, Roman and Byzantine relics.

Visited April 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

The site is interesting and impressive and presents the history of the Nabatians.
It is located at the "Middle of nowhere" but it can be a nice stop at the way to Eilat ( If driving this way) or can be combined with visiting the "Ein Ovdat" natural resort (There is a combined ticket for both sites).

Visited February 2011
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“Beautifully restored ancient fortress”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Avdat is located about halfway on one of the roads from central Israel and Eilat on the Red Sea. Until the 7'th century, it was an ancient camel station on the incense road from the Arab peninsula to Gaza on the Mediterranean coast.
The visit begins with a short introductory movie at the visitor center downhill. Then you take your car to the top of the hill where you begin the visit. You'll see a villa and tower from the Roman era, then you enter the large citadel. Then you descend the hill and visit some dwellings, storage caved and tombs.
The site is well restored and kept with nice carvings and what remnants of churches.
Before you exit, stop your car and visit the Byzantine bath house downhill, near the exit.

Visited October 2011
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Barcelona, Spain
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“It's hard to believe we were the only people at this UNESCO world heritage site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

Of all the ruins we saw in Israel, these were probably our favourite.
We had no idea how large these ruins were and could have stayed their longer if we'd planned more time to visit them.
The 10 minute video on show in the visitor centre is worth watching before exploring the ruins.
We loved exploring the caves that the Nabateans built into the side of this mountain and the Roman ruins on top. It was better than other ruins because you could see both ruins that had been restored and ones that were yet to be restored.

Visited July 2011
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