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Shivta - Nabatean city, was built in the 1st century B.C. Due to its location on intersection of main roads, Shivta became a very important commercial centre in the Byzantine period. It was on the 'Perfume road' between Petra to Gaza. Later the city lost its significance, and was abandoned in 12th century A.D. Now the well-preserved remains of Shivta include ruins of three churches, a mosque, many houses, streets etc.

This is a view of the christening pool.

The Perfume Road is one of the most important of the ancient routes in the Middle East Linking the Persian Gulf and the shores of the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Along this amazing route, thousands of people moved as they crossed wide desert expanses on the backs of camels bearing merchandise more precious than gold: spices and perfumes.

The trail stretches about 2,000 kilometers from Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia through the deserts, between cliffs of granite and sandstone to the city of Petra hewn into the rock face - the capital of the ancient Nabateans. Through the Negev to Moa, Mamshit and Ovda, the route bears the precious cargo to the port city of Gaza, and from there by sea to Europe.

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  • Copyright: sarel Munitz (sarel) (4)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-00-00
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/7.6
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-02-15 0:18
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