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nitsana nabatean cityNitzana is a located in the Western Negev, adjacent to the Egyptian border. It was founded by the Nabateans as a caravanserai for their convoys crossing the Arabian peninsula with incense and spices. In the Byzantine period it developed into a regional center and atleast three churches were constructed in the city.

nitzana papyrus hoardThe Muslim conquest of the land brought a decline an abandoment of the Negev cities, including Nitzana.  The site was excavated by several expeditions, but still on a small scale, and most of the site is still covered.


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wikipe Nitzana on Wikipedia
google-maps Ancient Nitzana on Google Maps
Chrome-Icon Nitzana Educational Community Website


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