Avdat National Park
Meet Avdat National Park
History, heritage and nature
In the heart of the desert, on a hilltop above the Tsin Stream watercourse, are the impressive remains of an ancient Nabatean city.
Points of interest
- In the entrance plaza: Movie, 3D model of the city, and archaeological display.
- The movie at the entrance plaza is translated into 15 languages (dubbing or subtitles): Hebrew, English, Arabic, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Czech, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hungarian.
- The bathhouse (by the entrance to the national park)- a well-preserved building from the Byzantine period, with a dressing room and several rooms for water at different temperatures: a cold room, tepid room, two hot water rooms, and stoves. The water came from a nearby well, 64 m deep.
- Roman burial cave: a magnificent burial chamber. At the entrance is a structure with reliefs of the sun, the moon and an altar on the façade, and in the cave itself there are more than 20 burial niches. Access is from a side path between the Lower City and Upper City.
- The city fortress: built in the center of the settlement, and used for assemblies and as a refuge for the residents at times of danger.
- Two Byzantine churches: the southern church, called St. Theodore’s Church after the city’s patron saint, commemorated in one of inscriptions found here, and the northern church, in which was the city’s cathedral. Behind it is a cruciform baptismal basin.
Avdat National ParkUseful Information
Entrance to the park closes half an hour before cited closing timeSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
Special opening hours:
Thursdays and Fridays July 26–Aug. 31: until 18:00.”
- Service animals are not allowed.
- Animals may be left in the cage by the entrance to the park for the duration of the visit.
- Trails are not accessible for people with mobility impairments.
Dogs may not be brought in to the park; there is a dog-sitting facility.
Dog-sitting facility, souvenir shop, hiking equipment, information point, and kiosk.
On Road 40 (Beersheba – Mitspe Ramon). The lower entrance to En Avdat is close to the Ben Gurion family grave and Midreshet Sde Boker. The upper entrance is some 5 km south.
Reserving a visit to Avdat National Park
|Adult in group||₪ 24.00|
|Child in group||₪ 12.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 14.00|