Avdat National Park is located in the Negev Desert in Israel. This UNESCO World Heritage site has recently been restored and re-opened to the public, after being vandalized in 2009. The principal attraction within the Park is the ancient city of Avdat which was established by the Nabateans on the Spice Route and has been a regular stopping off point for tourists and Christian pilgrims on their way to Eilat during their tour of the Holy Land.
The $2 million restoration plan included refurbishment of the damaged columns of the Byzantine Church and stones that had been shattered, as well as the removal of graffiti that had been scribbled over walls and an altar, as well as on an ancient wine press.
Also included in the rehabilitation program are displays showing what this ancient Nabatean city looked like 2000 years ago and visitors to the site can watch a movie explaining details of the site’s history.
In the third century BCE the city of Avdat was established on the Incense Route along which spices and incense from the Far East were
transported via Petra through the highlands of the Negev desert to the ports along the Mediterranean Sea.
Avdat National Park includes interesting hiking trails enabling visitors to view the wildlife, groves and springs in the area.