Avdat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded by Nabatean traders, the masters of those caravans as a way station on this Incense Route.
At the visitor center a short film will introduces you to the mysteries of this site. Then you’ll visit a luxurious ancient bathhouse with a dressing room, two steam rooms, a furnace and a 210-foot-deep well. Be sure to see the cave-tomb with 21 burial niches, the Byzantine wine-press and visitors center film and museum.
At the top of the city, you’ll discover a third-century guard tower with a Greek inscription, and a Nabatean shrine to their god Oboda (after whom Avdat was named.) This temple eventually became a fourth century church. Another explanation of the name is that the city was named after the Nabatean king Oboda (30-9 BCE), who was buried there.
The Nabatean temple on Avdat’s ‘acropolis’ has a magnificent restored gateway. The Byzantine-era agricultural techniques developed by the Nabateans are reconstructed.
Sunday-Thursday And Saturday-8 A.M.-5 P.M
Friday And Holiday eves- 8
A.M.- 4 P.M.
Sunday-Thursday And Saturday-8 A.M.-4 P.M
Friday And Holiday eves- 8 A.M.- 3 P.M.
Last entry one hours before above closing hour. Entrance fee is required. Pets are forbidden. Partial Accessibility.
The arrival is by Road 40 from Beer-Sheva, some 50 km to the south. The road sign shows the left turn to the Avdat National Park.
Panorama from Avdat
Avdat with an Israeli Guide
A Nature Hike in Avdat Canyon
Panoram of Ein Avdat Canyon
Aerial View of Avdat