"Mamshit (Negev)" Israel Things to Do Tip by leffe3
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In the northern Negev, Mamshit is the Nabatean city of Memphis. located not on the Spice Route, but still is a key trading location near to the Arava and the Jordanian Valley. As a result, it was a wealthy city. Following the decline of the Nabateans, the city continued to prosper under the Romans by breeding Arabian horses. The city died a natural death during the Byzantine period.
The remains are extensive, although the true size of the city is unknown: the city was destroyed in the 7th century AD and lay abandoned for another 1300 years: Ottoman Turks used stones from the ruins to help build modern day Be'er Sheva.
A visit to Mamshit can be easily incorporated with a hike round the Coloured Sands (see above)
Entrance Fees: NIS 18 (adults), NIS 8 (children)
Opening times: April - September: 8am - 5pm
October - March: 8am - 4pm
Address: Route 25, Be'er Sheva to Dimona
Directions: 8kms west of Dimona
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