Horvot `Avedat Travel Guide
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...
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...
Avedat NP --- Caravan
To commemorate the Incense Route a sculpture of a camel caravan is set up along the upper parking area as decoration.
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.
The Byzantine Quarter was destroyed by an earthquake in around 630. Here you find mainly ruins of residential buildings built during the Roman periode.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avedat NP --- Reconstructed Byzantine House
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.
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.
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,...
Ein Avdat, main pool from above and below
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...
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...
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...
READ the sign and SEE the SIGNS
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.
Written Dec 6, 2010
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Which Avdat is it anyway?
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.
Written Apr 16, 2005
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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...
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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