Horvot `Avedat Travel Guide

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Horvot `Avedat Things to Do

  • Avedat NP --- Roman Burial Caves

    You will find the burial caves close to the Southern Villa, but still with a detour from the way down to the parking. But still I recommend to take those meters as you will see an interesting cave with graves. The cave dates back to the third century and contains more than 20 burial niches.

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  • Avedat NP --- Southern Villa

    At a point that you have already finished your visit to Avedat in your mind you will pass the Upper Villa which invites for another photo stop with its arch and the view into the far distance. Also it is kind of impressive to know that the fields in the valley that you can see from here have been used for more than two thousand years.

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  • Avedat NP --- Caravan

    To commemorate the Incense Route a sculpture of a camel caravan is set up along the upper parking area as decoration.

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  • Avedat NP --- Roman Tower

    It is a great and massive lookout before leaving the town towards the street that leads down to the car park. The Roman Tower can be dated back to the year 294. You will have a great view over the Byzantine Quarter towards the City Fortress.

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  • Byzantine Quarter

    The Byzantine Quarter was destroyed by an earthquake in around 630. Here you find mainly ruins of residential buildings built during the Roman periode.

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  • Avedat NP --- Wine Press

    Five wine presses were found in town. You can see one which seems to be restored as it is well in shape. Wine making was flourishing in Avedat during the Byzantine periode.The grapes were crushed in the structure of the main photo and then the juice ran through a channel into the round collector on photo 2. From here the juice was taken and stored...

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  • Avedat NP --- City Fortress

    A massive structure consisting of huge walls that surround and protect a plaza serving as a refuge in case of a threat.

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  • Avedat NP --- Southern Church

    The Southern Church was part of a monastery (rooms around indicate this) and has tombs in the floor dating back from 541 to 618.

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  • Avedat NP --- Lookout

    A huge platform widely seen with the flags gives an excellent view into the valley with the bathhouse and into the far distance.

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  • Avedat NP --- Cave City

    On your direct way to the top of the hill in the Avedat National Park you will have to walk through the City of Caves. Here many houses were built over or in front of caves which date back to the Byzantine Periode. Some of them you can go or look inside.

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  • Avedat NP --- Reconstructed Byzantine...

    This structure is very interesting as it consits of a Byzantine House and a large cave behind it. The house has a courtyard, storages, toilet and wine themed carvings. Have a look for the carved bull and the cross in the cave.

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  • Avedat NP --- Bathhouse

    The bath in Avedat was very interesting to me, it originates from the Byzantine periode. The bathhouse is well preserved and gives you a great insight into the bath culture of former times. Here you can see how the heating system has worked.

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  • What ISA saw at Avdat

    Isa and I went to visit this Nabatean city of Avdat and one of the places that we went to was the lower living area, just below the palace on the western slope. Entering an underground complex of short tunnels just adjacent to the outside rooms with these wonderful arches, we found a locked room. Looking inside it appeared to be almost empty, but...

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  • Ein Avdat, main pool from above and...

    This is the main pool as seen from the upper waterfall from a height of about 15 meters or so. From here you get a good idea of both the quantity of water, or rather its lack (the "stream" is actually only a trickle. You have a minimum of water from the Ein Ma'arif spring that feeds the stream along with Ein Avdat spring. The second and third...

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  • Ein Avdat, Double waterfall

    This is the main waterfall and an upper secondary one at top, at the bottom you can see the pool that has formed in the bare rock. Sorry here in the national park there no swimming. It would disturb the creatures, such as frogs and dragonflies that live there.

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  • Ein Avdat Scolopax Rusticola (Woodcock)

    Scolopax Rusticola (Woodcock), as seen in the wild at the Ein Avdat Nature Preserve about an hour south of Arad. This is the first time that I have seen this bird here.

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  • See the wildlife

    Keep your eyes open for the local wildlife. A lot of animals come here to drink the water. The ibexes are the most visible ones. But, there are more animals to see here, like the cute fat sand rat.

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  • Enjoy the water

    Ein Avdat is located in the middle of a dry desert. It's hard to imagine how it looks like when you still up there seeing only dry sand as far as the eye can see. So, just enjoy the coolness of the water, you'll miss it one you're up and of og the wadi...

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  • Visitors Center - Avdat National Park

    The visitors center, where the Spice Route is brought to life.Other places of interest in the vicinity:Mizpe Ramon Visitors Center, Makhtesh Ramon, Bio-Ramon, alpaca farm; Prime Minister Ben-Gurion's desert home, and where he is buried (nearby), Hawwarim Cistern, Nahal Hawwarim

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  • Interesting Excavations - Avdat National...

    Whilst on a trip to the Negev recently we visited Avdat (not the name given on VT), although I've been there before, it is still a very interesting place to visit and was once on an anxient spice route. (See my travelogue for more pictures).

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  • Ein Avdat, Ibex deer family

    The Ibex, or deer, are very common and is a species of goat actually. They do need to drink so we can sometimes find them near the streams in the desert, but it is fairly uncommon to see females (does), or babies (kids), usually you only see the mature males (bucks). You can often see them leaping around on the cliffs as you stand transfixed, just...

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  • Ein Avdat, dragonfly on stairs

    We found another visitor to the nature preserve, this dragonfly. These are such great creatures to watch fly, it always amazes me how they coordinate all those wings, and that is not to mention the irridescent colors they sport.

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  • Ein Avdat, rock stairs

    As you pass the main pool you will find a rock stairway on the right side that will take up to the higher level pools and the upper waterfall. From there you will also enter a stand of trees and can also scale the walls of the canyon on a series of ladders that takes you back to the level of the main road.

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  • Ein Avdat, butting heads

    Once again we were lucky to see these young bucks butting heads in their play. It is the first time I have seen juveniles doing this. Sorry for the poor picture quality, but we were about 30 yards distance and the amount of dust in the air was awesome. We spent about 20 minutes just watching, until the deer sensed us and began to move away.

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Horvot `Avedat Transportation

  • Getting here by car

    If you have a car, you should drive towards Beer-Sheva and then go south on road number 40. After the junction with road number 204, you will reach Kibuttz Sde Boker. Keep on for a little more and then turn left to Midreshet Ben-Gurion. You should see signs for "Ben-Gurion's Grave" and "Ein Avdat".

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  • Getting here by bus

    In order to come here by bus, you should first go to Beer-Sheva. Take line number 370, from the Tel-Aviv central bus station. If you come from Jerusalem, you should take bus number 446 or 470. From Beer-Sheva you should take the bus to Mizpe-Ramon, it's bus number 060 or number 392. If it's Sunday morning, you can take bus number 395 directly from...

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Horvot `Avedat Local Customs

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    by Martin_S. Written Dec 6, 2010

    Okay so this may not be truly a LOCAL custom, but rather an international one.
    You see a sign posted which says "DO NOT ENTER", attached to a rope which bars your path....so what do you do???
    Just take a look at the HUGE number of footprints (yes many sizes and styles, so therefore MANY people), why you IGNORE the sign of course and jump across or go under, trample or deface whatever...
    Well maybe you and I don't do this, but it is obvious that many do, these are the unthoughful people who make a habit out of ruining things for others.

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Horvot `Avedat Warnings and Dangers

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    by Bregman Written Apr 16, 2005

    One word of caution, there are two places named Avdat. There is Ein Avdat which is the oasis and is a nature reserve and there is the ancient city of Avdat which is a little to the south and is an archeological site of a Nabataean city.

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Horvot `Avedat Favorites

  • Doorways - "The" group

    The remains of this doorway or portal entrance to the central area on the top plateau of Avdat was a great place to make another frame, this time for our entire group, Xiao, Vaness, Ilana, Roie and myself....and yes before you ask it was a cold winter day in December....so it was also good to "huddle"

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  • Doorways - Vanessa

    At the ruins of Avdat there are ample opportunities to get good people shots also, here Vanessa found a complete restored doorway in the eastern wall, a perfect frame for her.

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  • Being silly with statues - yes everyone

    Okay, okay so everyone wants to be a comic, even me at times, here you can see another of those groups of statues that they put up at the Avdat site, only this time you can see that Xiao is not alone, I am there, along with Roie, Vaness and Ilana....silly people...PLEASE try to resist this "URGE".

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