Nabataean Sites

If you’re looking to explore Nabataean sites and want to find the best places to view the history of the Nabataean Kingdom then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

The Nabataean kingdom was forged around the city of Petra in what is today southern Jordan. Reaching its zenith in the first century BC, the Nabateans soon came into contact with the ever expanding power of Rome.

Over the next two hundred years the Nabateans were cajoled through a mixture of force and negotiation. This eventually led to client kingdom status and subsequently to the final annexation of the kingdom into the Roman Empire during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan.

There’s an initial selection of Nabataean sites listed below and you can discover some interesting places to see on your travels.

Once you’ve explored the list of Nabataean Kingdom sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner to plan your trip and then print off a free guidebook. This indispensible guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Nabataean ruins .

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Nabataean Kingdom sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Nabataean Kingdom: Site Index

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Avdat was an ancient Nabatean city along a prosperous trade route.

Avdat or “Ovdat” is an archaeological site in Israel which houses the pretty remains of an ancient Nabatean city later inhabited by the Romans, the Byzantines and the Arabs. It initially formed part of the trading route known as the Incense Route which ran from the Mediterranean to south Arabia... Read More

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Mamshit in Israel is the site of one of four UNESCO listed Nabatean cities which prospered as part of the Incense trading route.

Mamshit was an ancient Nabatean city which formed part of the Incense Road, a trading route of various spices in the Mediterranean and south Arabia. In fact, it is one of four such cities in the Negev Desert in Israel which form the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Incense Route.... Read More

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The most famous of all Nabataean sites, Petra is a UNESCO-listed ancient Nabataean city which later formed part of the Roman Empire.

Petra is an iconic ancient site in southern Jordan. A secret to all but the Bedouins until 1812, Petra’s incredible monuments are now considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Petra was established by the once nomadic Kingdom of the Nabataeans. Carving a city out of the sandstone... Read More