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“Great sunset tour of Avdat” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
Sdeh Boker, Mitspe Ramon, Israel
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“Great sunset tour of Avdat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Great guide, Avdat is beautifully restored and doing it before and after sunset only added to the charm. Also, the evening tour is after the site is officially closed so you have the site to yourself.

Visited March 2013
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“Important site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We pass this site often on the way to Eilat and this time I decided we should see it on the way back. I would recommend stopping here. It is a World Heritage site, originally Nabatean, afterwards Roman and Byzantium. Very impressive site in a setting different than other similar sites. It is not extensively documented, it looks like work is being done to develop the site. So if you might want to prepare before you come, especially if you don't know the historical contexts.
There is an Aroma and McDonalds restaurant adjacent.

Visited February 2013
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“On the Nabatean footsteps”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Avdat Acropolis is a Nabatean city in the south of Israel between Sde Boker kibbutz and the town of Miztpe Ramon - with its impressive crater -, very close to Ein Avdat National Park, therefore all these attractions may be visited during a weekend.

Avdat, Shivta and Mamshit, all in Israel, were three cities belonging to the commercial net of settlements established by the Nabateans, an ancient people whose capital was the magnificent Petra, in Jordan. If you intend to visit both Israel and Jordan, it is better to see the Nabatean cities in Israel first, then Petra, but if you do it the other way round, you still will not be disappointed by any of them. Apart from the Nabatean ruins, Avdat also has Roman ruins, two Byzantine churches and a troglodyte Byzantine settlement. The fact that it is on a hill enhances Avdat's beauty.

Tip: if you are traveling with two cars, it is a good idea to leave one at the foot of the hill and to go to the upper gate with the second, in order to go down by foot, the only way to visit the troglodyte settlement, without having to climb back the hill.

Visited May 2012
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“Be amazed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

From the road, it is impressive. Up close, it is far more so. If you go with a tour guide, you will get a sense of the complexity of some of the structures.

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“Interesting trip, for a short while”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Nice, interesting stop if you are touring in the area. The Nabatean Spice Route and Kibbutz Sde Boker, were stops for us, along with the crater itself.

Visited January 2013
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