There are two churches on the site with mosaics date from the Byzantine period, when Mamshit attracted Christian pilgrims crossing the Negev. Another typical Nabatean dwelling includes a stable for 16 horses, as the Nabateans other claim to fame is that they began raising Arab horses and it, too, was an important part of Mamshit’s economy.
David Ben-Gurion was so inspired by their agricultural achievements that he even urged the rebuilding of mamshit as the new capital city of Israel. Perhaps it was for the best that this was one of his ideas which didn't take on.
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