Mamshit is a Nabatean city near the modern city of Dimona in the Negev. Mamshit was the city where the Arabian horse was bred and at 10 acres is the smallest of the Nabatean cities in the Negev. It is also the best restored Nabatean city with architectural elements featured that are unknown in other Nabatean cities. After the Roman occupation, trade in Mamshit declined so the inhabitants turned to another means of income and made a successful living raising Arabian steeds. Mamshit was supported by authorities in Byzantine times as a frontier city but after the time of Emperor Justinian the city ceased to exist. Visitors to Mamshit can see the restored streets as well as Nabatean complexes that feature rooms, courtyards and terraces made of stone and supported by strong arches. In addition, two impressive churches were discovered in Mamshit, one featuring a stunning mosaic floor and Greek inscriptions, the other, remnants of a pulpit.
address: Mamshit National Park is located on road number 25, 8km southeast of Dimona.
Open Hours: Apr-Sep 8:00-17:00, Oct-Mar 8:00-16:00
Categories : Nature Parks