"Nabatean Ruins, Canyons and Sand Storm in Avdat." Top 5 Page for this destination Mizpe Ramon by Beach_dog
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Avdat is located in the center of the Negev highlands, a desert region in the southern district of Israel. VT member Martin_S. took us on a daytrip to this place, firstly to visit the remains of the Nabatean city located on a mountaintop, secondly to walk up the spectacular canyon of Ein Avdat. I was very impressed with both places, and will remember the day for a long time to come.
The city was founded in the first century BC, at the meeting point of the trading routes from Petra (another famous Nabatean settlement in Jordan) and Eilat and continues to the Mediterranean at Gaza. It served as a resting point in the middle of this inhospitable desert terrain, for the caravans bringing spices and perfumes for export to the Mediterranean area. Located on a very visible hilltop to assist the caravaneers, it had many inovations which helped it survive the climate. Wadis were damned to collect water and cisterns were built to store it. The complex consisted of a temple, military and residential quarters.
After its conquest by the Romans in the first century AD the city fell into decline, and much was destroyed by an earthquake in 363 AD.
The Byzantines occupied the site in the sixth century and built a monastery and two churches here, as well as residential quarters in caves on the slopes. This too appears to have been destroyed in the seventh century probably as a result of another earthquake.
Today many of the remains of all periods can be seen, some of the walls carefully reconstructed. It is well worth visiting and gives a real insight as to life here in the past.
Many of the pictures on this page are misty and orange, not a photographic error, but as a result of the sandstorm we experienced. It started while we were on the Acropolis at Avdat, with a strong wind, later in the day the sky turned yellow in fact everything we looked at had turned a yellow hue. It was an unusual experience for me, and certainly made for some interesting accidental sepia photos.
The Ein Avdat canyon has many springs which form into pools and waterfalls, it is the start of the Nahal Tzin stream.
Its a great walk up the canyon, spectacular rock formations have been moulded over the millenia, as well as great views of its waterfalls. During our visit we were so lucky to encounter a herd of Ibex, many of my photos feature them.
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