Shivta National Park



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The Shivta National Park is located in the western Negev, close to the Egyptian border at Nitsana. It is a Nabatean and Christian city in the heart of the desert that unlike other Nabatean cities is not situated on a main commercial route. It is also unusually unwalled which leads to the assumption that it was a large farming village. Shivta was founded in the first century BCE and Roman ruins can be seen today from the same period in the southern part of the town. Most ruins in the town are actually from the Byzantine period. Shivta had no natural water sources and therefore relied on surface runoff. As a result, the city was meticulously planned so that the streets in the northern part of the city would drain into large reservoirs. The Colt House is a main attraction in the park- it is a house that was used by archaeologists in the thirties that displays an ancient Greek inscription over the entrance. The city's main church, smaller churches and monks' cells are also main attractions.


address: At the Tlamim junction on road number 40 continue on to road 211 about 15km east. Turn south at the junction near the gas station and drive for about ten minutes.

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