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“Be amazed”

Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
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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.

Thank PDIDDYTRAVEL
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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.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Before visiting Avdat I must confess to knowing almost nothing about the Nabataeans (the builders of Avdat, and also of the better-known Petra in Jordan), but after a fascinating visit to this site I couldn't help but be filled with admiration for their achievements. Although the Negev was apparently less harsh 2000 years ago, it amazed me to think that the Nabataean culture not only survived but flourished in this inhospitable environment.

As some reviewers have commented, there was no guided tour available when we visited, but the small (but extremely educational!) brochure allowed us to find our way around without problems. There's also a small exhibition on Nabataean culture, as well as information about the successive inhabitants of the city, in the visitor centre.

If you're interested in ruins or ancient history I think Avdat is worth a visit - maybe not as impressive as other middle eastern ruins (such as Petra) but it's still fascinating in its' own right.

Thank Laura G
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We were witha private guide which made the trip very special. Beautiful vistas, Nabatean city. A bit treacherous walking if you are handicapped.Enjoyed the remains of the churches, baptistery, fortress, wine press, Byzantine quarter. Nice film presentation at the visitor center. Could skip the McDonald's!

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Was once on the Incense and Spice Route leading from Mesopotamia (Tigris–Euphrates river system) to the Mediterranean Sea. Interesting to see how they built towns along the route in the middle of the desert.

Thank ronger5
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