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Canaanite water plant from the early bronze ages Remains of early bronze era fortifications A citadel from the iron age with a unique temple 

Overnight parking -the Canaanite Khan:
Flowering concentration of brown iris and loess soil vegetation. 

At the beginning of Canaan’s urbanization period, Canaanite Arad was already a planned city. It is surrounded by a wall and is divided into residential and public buildings. Arad was an urban center for the residents of the area. The richness of the findings found in the excavations shows a variety of economic branches such as husbandry, grazing, art and commerce. Arad was a well-developed place. Here are some of the main sites: 

The water reservoir: 

The houses in the city were built in such a way that the rainwater that trickled down the slope was collected in a reservoir surrounded by buildings on three sides. A 16 m deep well was dug in the center of the reservoir, probably in the early Israeli period. The east of the reservoir remains open, where the dam was built to stop the runoff. 

The fortifications: 

In addition to its 1,200 m long and 2.4 m thick walls, Arad the Canaanite was surrounded by a strong wall. Originally, the wall was five meters high. It was covered in bugs, had towers protruding from it, and followed the watershed of the hill. It is known today that there was only one gate in the wall, but it is possible that there were more. 

The residences: 

There was a uniform style of building houses in Arad known as the Aradi house. It was built with stone benches along the walls, and the floor was lower than the street level, so one or more steps were necessary to enter it. It is a transverse stone structure whose floor was lower than the street level. A wooden pole was placed in the center of each hall to support a flat roof on a stone base. On the side of the central hall there were sometimes a side room or two, which were probably used as a storeroom and a kitchen. Only the foundations of the walls survived from the Arad houses, and a small clay model of a house discovered in the excavations helps to complete the picture. The model is on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. 

The “palace”:

Its location between the western city gate and the water reservoir suggests it served as a governmental complex with many rooms, cells, and courtyards. Its center contains important finds, including a ritual stele. 

The temples: 

Two large temples, two small temples, and a single temple were found near the palace, surrounded by a stone fence. Similar temples were found in Ein Gedi (Chalcolithic period) and Megiddo (Early Bronze Age). Similar to Bet Aradi, the temples have wide rooms with courtyards. The temples are surrounded by stone tombstones, platforms for sacrificing animals, and ritual basins. There may be several gods worshiped by the multiplicity of temples. 

Citadel Hill 

As a link in the fortress system of Judah, the citadel on the site is a fortified structure (50×55 m). Arad was home to 6 citadels during the royal period, this one on top of the previous one. It was discovered that the citadel had a unique temple and a unique water plant. The Nature and Parks Authority restored and conserved the temple and prepared a path to the water plant for visitors. 

The temple: 

There were traces of a Jewish temple in the northwestern corner of the citadel, which operated during the same period as the temple in Jerusalem, from the 9th century to the end of the 8th century BC. In addition to being one of the few temples from the biblical period, Arad’s temple was designed in accordance with the Tabernacle plan, and it had an inner courtyard, a hall, and a sanctuary – the Holy of Holies. A square altar in the courtyard is composed of dirt mixed with small stones, surrounded by field stones (unhewn stones). According to the biblical commandment, this altar does not contain stones that were hewn with metal tools. There are three steps to the Devir, which is located west of the courtyard. There are two altars of incense at the entrance to Devir, and a tombstone is inside. An ostrakon (pottery with inscriptions) was found near the temple that listed the names of priestly families mentioned in the Scriptures (Mermot, Ezra 8:33, and Pashhur, Jeremiah 6:1). It appears that the temple was abandoned in the 8th century BC. As the citadel continued to serve its purpose, it was completely covered in dirt. A possible explanation is the religious reform of King Hezekiah and Yeshua, who centralized worship in Jerusalem by abolishing worship in the cities of the field. At the same time, Tel Bar’s altar was also dismantled seven times. 

The water plant: 

Near the temple are three carved and plastered spaces accessible by a channel cut into the rock. Part of the staircase leading to them has been preserved. The spaces are impressive. They are accessible through a channel cut into the western wall. Near Beit Elyashiv’s southern wall, a cache of ostracos, most of which are written in ancient Hebrew script, has been found. The house contained 17 ostracones addressed to a man named Eliashiv, probably the commander of Tel Arad’s citadel. Three seals bearing his name were also found there. 

Overnight parking – The Canaanite Khan :

There are six accommodation pavilions, a private tent area, and a caravan area on the parking lot for the Hellenes, as well as a closed building with mattresses and heating. Among the amenities in the parking lot are drinking water, toilets, hot showers, a cooking area, outdoor lighting, and electricity outlets.

Mitzpe Ramon Attractions and activities

Mitzpe Ramon Attractions and activities

The Alpaca Farm The Alpaca Farm is the only farm in the world where over 400 exotic alpacas & Lamas are raised and where the entire process of growing and spinning them can be observed. The Desert Archery Park The Desert Archery Park in Mitzpe Ramon is the only place in the world where you can enjoy a game of archery while hiking through 300 dunam of natural desert terrain. Decide the length of your archery course (1-4 km) and play this wonderfull game. Karkom Jeep Tours Karkom Jeep Tours in the Negev Desert The Albert Promenade. A trail decorated with impressive environmental sculptures - starts from the Visitors Center and goes aloin along the edge of the Ramon Crater. In the middle of the promenade there is a "bird balcony" which hangs above the crater and offers the best view around over the crater. Visitors can see birds flying under their feet rather than over their head. After the paved trail ends, a path continues along the crater edge and leads to a small observation platform installed atop of a rock resembling a camel. Bio Ramon. A museum showcasing the wildlife of the desert and the crater. The rich collection of desert plants and animals displayed is divided into two parts: an indoor interpretation center and an outdoor area reconstructing the Negev desert landscape, with desert loess, hamada, sand, cliffs, riverbeds and even a small spring.

Tel Arad National Park Tel Arad National Park

Nahal Og Reserve

The reserve has two parts: in the west the Nahal Og Reserve, which covers about 13,000 dunams, and in the east the Reserve in the Advantage of Og, which covers an area of about 9,000 dunams. The reserve includes the area of the ridges east of the Jerusalem mountains to the Dead Sea Rift. The ridges rise c. 200 m above sea level and descend to a height of c. 370 m below sea level. The Nahal Og Reserve is located in the north of the Judean Desert, south of Road 1, between Mishor Adumim in the west and the Dead Sea Road in the east (Road 90). Ogg observation: In the Nahal Og parking lot, about 1.5 km south of the Almog junction. A beautiful view of the Jericho steppe and the area of ​​benefits Two ancient roads pass through the reserve: the Sugar Road (Darb a-Soker) and Darb Rajib. The sugar road descends from the Ma'ale Adumim area to Bir Malki and ends at Nabi Musa. During the Crusader and Mamluk periods, the main road passed from Jerusalem to Jericho. In those days Jericho was a major center of sugar production, hence the name of the road. According to Christian tradition, this area linked Jerusalem to the baptismal site in Jordan. An ancient section of road, perhaps part of the Sugar Road, is found in the advantages of marl, on the south bank of the Og River.

About the Mitzpe Ramon

About the Mitzpe Ramon

Mitzpe Ramon -  is a town in the Negev desert of southern Israel. It is situated on the northern ridge at an elevation of 2,400 feet (800m.) overlooking an enormous erosion cirque known as the Ramon Crater. This crater, or “Machtesh”, as it is called in Hebrew (a term also used by geologists around the world) is 28 miles long and five miles wide. It is a formation unique to Israel and the Sinai. Climate Due to the desert climate, Mitzpe Ramon experiences very hot summers and cold winters. Accommodation: Isrotel Beresheet Mitzpe Ramon Hotel The combination of breath-taking desert scenery together with the unique architecture and top quality service makes Beresheet one of the most extraordinary hotels in Israel. Beresheet is one of the most successful hotels in Israel and it enjoys a large number of returning guests, both Israelis in tourists come back to this amazing hotel every year. Beresheet guarantees an unforgetable hospitality experience - great service, a gourmet restaurant, a luxury spa, elegant and comfortable rooms and of course, the second to none desert view. Isrotel Ramon Inn Isrotel Ramon Inn is a cozy, pleasant and intimate hotel of ninety-six rooms and suites, located near the breathtaking Ramon Crater. Isrotel Ramon Inn offers its guests many extreme activities: hiking or biking in Ramon Crater or other desert locations, camel riding, abseiling, ORVs tours, tours to Bedouin tent encampments, moonlight tours, meeting alpacas and more. At the end of a long and exciting day you will return to a quite and comfortable hotel, Isrotel Ramon Inn. Nature lovers, desert enthusiasts, families or bicycle riders will find the magic of the desert here with us. Isrotel Ramon Inn takes pride in its main restaurant, we serve top-quality and homelike dishes with a Mediterranean touch. Guests may also enjoy our indoor pool, heated and open all year round, our saunas and body treatments. Flora Of all of Israel's desert regions, the Ramon area has the most varied and lush flora. This can be attributed to the variety of habitats found here and to the difference between the climactic conditions on the Ramon Ridge and those on the Machtesh floor. The high regions of the Ramon Ridge, such as Mizpe Ramon and the Loz Cisterns, have a steppian climate. Because of the cold desert winters, the flowers here bloom in late winter and early spring, a time when the ridge is awash with color. The Machtesh floor is drier and hotter than the ridge. Saharo-Steppian flora (originating in the Sahara Desert and the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula) are most commonly seen here. The desert springs and the damp soil near them also give rise to a special habitat. Rushes, whose leaves have needle-like points, cattails, and reeds grow near the fresh water. This is evidence that there is groundwater close by, even if none is visible. Fauna Thanks to the variety of habitats in the Ramon region, many species of animals choose to make their homes here. Because of the size and remoteness of Machtesh Ramon and stringent nature-conservation efforts in the Ramon region, the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority decided this would be an appropriate place for the reintroduction of animals which had disappeared from the Negev Desert landscape. One was the onager, a wild ass which cannot be domesticated. The Nubian ibex, once in danger of becoming extinct in Israel, now romps happily on the cliffs of Machtesh Ramon. The Negev highlands also has populations of leopards, hyenas, dorcas gazelles, wolves, red foxes, Afghan foxes, caracals, sand foxes, and Syrian hyraxes. The small rodents - fat sand rat, garden dormoose, and golden spiny mouse - and the many reptiles in the Machtesh are harder to spot. These animals are on view at Bio-Ramon. Night star gazing at the Mitzpe Ramon The clear unpolluted air and the altitude of Mitzpe Ramon makes it a great place for star gazing at night. Hikers and bikers will find here interesting desert challenges. There are also a reasonable accommodations here for all : Guest House, Campground, B&B and hotels Exploring the Wonders of Mizpe Ramon Israel Exploring Ancient Sites Mizpe Ramon has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Home to numerous ancient archaeological sites from different periods, including Mamshit National Park and Shivta National Park, it holds some of the most important historical artifacts in all of Israel. Touring these sites is an incredible way to learn about Jewish and Christian culture in a beautiful setting. Experience Local Cuisine and Culture Mizpe Ramon is also home to some amazing local cuisine and culture. With delicious restaurants serving up authentic Israeli dishes like falafel and shawarma! You can also take part in workshops with local artisans or visit nearby markets where vendors sell traditional handmade crafts and souvenirs. Take a Hike (or two!) If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, then you’ll be pleased to know that Mizpe Ramon offers plenty of hiking options. From easy trails that wind through the desert landscape to more challenging hikes up steep mountain paths, there’s something for everyone here! You can even join guided tours led by experienced hikers who will show you all the best spots along the way.

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