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Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

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Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

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Hava M wrote a review Mar 2020
Hadera, Israel17 contributions12 helpful votes
Great site, altough in the summer would be to hot hardly any shade. The views from the toop are wonderfull and the site is inpressive and very well preserved. For the Israelies with kids I recommend to get the Pakach Tsair booklet for the kids.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Gintaras P wrote a review Jan 2020
Vilnius, Lithuania78 contributions5 helpful votes
On the way from Mitzpe Ramon to desert wineries or - even better! - on your way back you'll find these ruins of a former Nabatean glory. Not big if comparing to any other ruins worldwide but it's surprisingly impressive and unexpectedly...cozy. Good place to feel how temporal any societies, cultures even entire civilizations can be against God/nature's wills. You can get quite much of information about this spot at a ticket desk before entering the hill area on your car. There is an entrance fee required but not overpriced comparing to other possible attractions in Nagev desert. Worth visiting.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Yitzchak M wrote a review Jan 2020
Ramat Gan, Israel1,136 contributions239 helpful votes
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The Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, perched on the peak of the old Nabatean city of Avdat on the ancient Arabian Spice Route, is the “crown jewel” of the Central Negev desert. The ruins of the ancient temple and fortress on the top of the hill are very impressive indeed – reminding me of the Acropolis of Lyndos on the Isle of Rhodes, Greece (the second largest acropolis after Athens). This acropolis is actually a part of a large national park, the “Avdat National Park” (see my Tripadvisor review). At the time that I wrote that review, I thought the park was strictly the visitor’s center (worth checking out), the impressive hill on which Avdat lies, and the ancient city and temple on top – and that’s what I wrote about. I now understand that the national park also includes the surrounding valleys and canyons and streams and springs and hiking trails – all also worthwhile to visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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worldnomad_01 wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California854 contributions842 helpful votes
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The ruins of the Nabatean city of Avdat (or Oboda) lie on a limestone hill overlooking the Negev Desert. The ruins date back to the 4th century BC, when the city was built as a road station on the Incense Route that was crossing the Negev. The city is presumed to have been named after the Nabatean king Oboda I. The ruins are extensive, the desert views are impressive, there were not too many tourists at the time of our visit and, being there, it was one of those places where you are tempted to try to let your imagination go and visualize how the place must have looked like in its day, long, long time ago...
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Date of experience: October 2019
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DavidZHawk wrote a review Dec 2019
San Mateo, California14 contributions5 helpful votes
We visited these very extensive ruins and enjoyed it. There were maybe 3 or 4 other visitors. Interestingly, as you walk up to the site, you will notice shards of pottery scattered on the ground - these are actually from between 300 BC and 400 AD - amazing!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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