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Incense Route, Avdat, Israel
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authorshipEgidius Bestubleven
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev is a World Heritage Site in Israel. It recognises the outstanding universal value played by the Incense Route in which incense and spices were brought and traded in ancient times. The route was constructed by the Nanataeans - the same people that built Petra, another World Heritage Site.


Ruins of Avdat, Israel
Ruins of Avdat, Israel
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authorshipDaniel Baránek
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The Incense Route reached its height from the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD. During this period, vast quantities of frankincense and myrrh were brought from the southern part of the Arabian peninsula to be traded in the Mediterranean.

There were four cities in the desert that are connected with this incense trade. They are Avdat, Haluza, Mamshit and Shivta, and they stand today as well-preserved ruins. Of the four, Avdat, also known as Obodat, is the most important city on the Incense Route after Petra itself. It was a vibrant city from the 7th to the 1st century BC, and were inhabited by Nabateans, Romans and Byzantines.


Ruins of Mamshit, Israel
Ruins of Mamshit, Israel
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authorshipMuka

Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee in Durban, South Africa, on 10-17 July, 2005.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N30 32 27.996 E35 9 38.988
Inscription Year: 2005
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, V

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