Explore interesting sights in Ramat Negev Regional Council, Israel. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 7 sights are available in Ramat Negev Regional Council, Israel.
Avdat, also known as Abdah and Ovdat and Obodat, is a site of a ruined Nabataean city in the Negev desert in southern Israel. It was the most important city on the Incense Route after Petra, between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE. It was founded in the 3rd century BCE, and inhabited by Nabataeans, Romans, Byzantines, and during the early Islamic period. Avdat was a seasonal camping ground for Nabataean caravans travelling along the early Petra–Gaza road in the 3rd – late 2nd century BCE. The city's original name was changed to Avdat in honor of Nabataean King Obodas I, who, according to tradition, was revered as a deity and was buried there.
2. חורבת סעדון
Saadon is an unexcavated Byzantine site located in the northern Negev, about 8 km southwest of Halutza and about 4 km northeast of Rehovot in the Negev. Located on the southern bank of Nahal Saadoun. The name Saadoun is a transliteration of the Arabic name of the site Khirbet a-Saadi. Avraham Negev suggested identifying the name with Soudanon mentioned in Papyrus 79 of Nitzana, the origin of the name in his opinion from the Nabataean name Shado.
In geology, a dike or dyke is a sheet of rock that is formed in a fracture of a pre-existing rock body. Dikes can be either magmatic or sedimentary in origin. Magmatic dikes form when magma flows into a crack then solidifies as a sheet intrusion, either cutting across layers of rock or through a contiguous mass of rock. Clastic dikes are formed when sediment fills a pre-existing crack.
4. חורבות חלוצה
The ancient city of Halasa or Chellous, Elusa (Ελουϲα) in the Byzantine period, was a city in the Negev near present-day Kibbutz Mash'abei Sadeh that was once part of the Nabataean Incense Route. It lay on the route from Petra to Gaza. Today it is known as Haluza, and during periods of Arab habitation it was known as al-Khalūṣ and Al-Khalasa.
5. Ben Gurion's Desert Home
Ben-Gurion's hut was the retirement home of Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula (Pola) from 1953 until Ben-Gurion's death in 1973. The "hut", located on kibbutz Sde Boker, was preserved exactly as it was left by Ben-Gurion and now serves as a museum with a visitor's center operated by the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute.
6. Shivta Ruins
Shivta, originally Sobata or Subeita, is an ancient city in the Negev Desert of Israel located 43 kilometers southwest of Beersheba. Shivta was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2005, as part of the Incense Route and the Desert Cities of the Negev, together with Haluza/Elusa, Avdat and Mamshit/Mampsis.
7. Mezad Saharonim
On the Saharonim side, it is a Nabatean fortress on the Perfume Road, in the heart of Ramon Crater, named after a dangling Saharon plant that grows next to it. The fortress is a square structure with a length of 42 meters on each side. At its heart is a central courtyard surrounded by workshops, baths and an oven.
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