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Avdat is an archaeological location in the Negev region of southern Israel, now preserved as a National Park and host to thousands of visitors each year, attracted by the atmospheric desert location, the quietly spectacular Nabataean ruins and insights into desert ecology and lifestyle. It is the filming location for Jesus Christ Superstar.


Avdat was the largest Nabataean settlement in the Negev, situated as a way station on the Spice Route between Petra and Gaza on the coast. The city was apparently named for the Nabataean ruler Avdat II.

Get in[edit]

Avdat is located off Route 40 between Kibbutz Sde Boker and Mitzpe Ramon, about 15 minutes drive from Sde Boker.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Avdat National Park [1], April-September 8am-5pm, October-March 8am-4pm, tel (07) 658-6391, fax (07) 655-0954, admission individual adults NIS 23, children NIS 12, groups adults NIS 19, children NIS 11, combined fee Avdat National Park + Ein Avdat indiivdual adults NIS 33, children NIS 20, groups adults NIS 29, children NIS 18
  • The Experimental Farm where you can see a reconstruction of Nabatean agricultural methods
  • Remalia Cisterns all year water filled Nabatean cisterns
  • The Bedouine settlement of Avdat

Get out[edit]

Visitors to Avdat should not neglect visiting Ein Avdat, another National Park located close to the ancient Nabataean city, in which trails lead down to and through a spectacular desert gorge...

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