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Shivta | Negev Desert, Israel
+972 2-500-6261
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Very quiet place. Old cities in the desert have a lot to tell. There are several places like shivta... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Emmeloord, The Netherlands
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Very well preserved Nabatean town

No entrance fee, easy to follow path with self guiding brochure. Unesco World Heritge Site. If you... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
Susan N
Eilat, Israel
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Shivta | Negev Desert, Israel
+972 2-500-6261

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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Very quiet place. Old cities in the desert have a lot to tell. There are several places like shivta around in the Negev. The stood on the ancient insense trail. Hard to believe this region once blossemed and these cities had agroculture around them in...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

No entrance fee, easy to follow path with self guiding brochure. Unesco World Heritge Site. If you are interested in archeology/ history well worth the detour. Need a car. Bring hats and water.

2  Thank Susan N
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Shivta National park is by far one of the best parks that Israel has to share. It is very large and extensive. What is extremely interesting and impressive is that this huge community lived on rain water alone...there was no well. The first settlers here...More

3  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 5 July 2016

It was once on a list of the top 10 best preserved Byzantine cities. The well preserved ruins allow you to walk around and get a feel of what life was like in the 6th century. The place was abandoned, not destroyed so you are...More

3  Thank Lorne N
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The very heart if the Negev desert and the site of ancient history - and this is one more reason to get amazed by the fact of how well it is still kept. The area is especially beautiful in the end of the winter or...More

2  Thank IrinaVayserberg
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Nabatean city, part of the Incense Route. Can be visited in one day together with Shivta and Avdat, easily reached from the Dead Sea region. Lovely ruins and quite an extensive walk.

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Reviewed 2 November 2015

Shivta was a Nabatean city which along with Mamshit, Avdat and Haluza was part of the Incense Route. All four have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. It's nicely reconstructed and some parts are well preserved. Good signage if you manage to find a brochure...More

2  Thank Ron S
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Usually I'm not an archaeology fan myself. However, this place is something else. Shivta NP is an amazing and fascinating, well preserved and restored Nabataeans city. Most buildings has been restored and look very authentic. Other halls, Churches (two big ones) and public areas, such...More

3  Thank Sam-Visits
Reviewed 24 March 2015

This place is off-beaten path for US travelers. However, it is 100% percent worth going. Amazing archaelogical dig in amazing desert setting, desert hiking galore, and when return can retire in a beautiful garden of local bed and breakfast run by a local family and...More

2  Thank Inessa V
Reviewed 2 November 2014

Roughly 2000 years old , together with Mamshit , Avdat and Haluza , Shivta is one of 4 Nabataeans desert cities that were built along the "Incense Route" and declared "Unesco World Heritage Site " in 2005 . (Other known Nabataean cities : Petra in...More

3  Thank saul g
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