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“Impressive Nabatean fortress” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
Sdeh Boker, Mitspe Ramon, Israel
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Victoria, Canada
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“Impressive Nabatean fortress”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

From the visitor centre where you see a brief history of Nabatean history! you walk a few hundred feet to the restored bath house. You can see the original cistern as well as the pipes used to carry the steam from the outside ovens.

From there you can drive up the winding road to the fortress at the top, and see the impressive remains of the city that was a stop over for spice route traders. It was destroyed in an earthquake and the city was abandoned.

Not recommended for those who have trouble walking.

Visited November 2013
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“Experience the history of the spice route!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Avdat, also known as Ovdat and Obodat, is a site of a ruined city in the Negev desert in southern Israel. It was the most important city on the Incense Route after Petra, between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE. It was founded in the 3rd century BCE, and inhabited by Nabataeans, Romans, and Byzantines. Avdat was a seasonal camping ground for Nabataean caravans travelling along the early Petra–Gaza road (Darb es-Sultan) in the 3rd–late 2nd century BCE. The city's original name was changed to Avdat in honor of Nabataean King Obodas II, who, according to tradition, was revered as a deity and was buried there.

Visited September 2013
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New York, New York, United States
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“Interesting relic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The remnants of a Nabatean fortress town astride the Spice Route, later modified by the Romans and their various successors, one can readily imagine how the marauders and the protectors of the Spice Route lived. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Bruxelles, Belgique
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“Walking in the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

A old & misterius nabatean town : noted in the Bible, visited by Romans, never distroyed, but simply left ....

Visited August 2013
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“Fascinating glimpse into history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Sadly, this isn't Petra, but it is remarkably well preserved and easily accessed; much of it is even wheelchair accessible! (I'm not sure what the fascination is in Israel of restoring stone arches, though.) Although I might not go out of my way for it on its own, that is is so close to Ein Avdat and Makhtesh Ramon, three completely different environments, makes it well worth the visit.

Visited August 2013
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