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(Νεσ[σ]άνα, modern Heb. Nizzana, Arab. Ḥafir el-ʿAugā), city in the Negev, 52 km southwest of Beer-Sheba, on the old route to Egypt; excavations were conducted by the Colt Expedition (1935–1937) and by Dan Urman (1987–1991). Nessana was founded by the Nabateans in the late Hellenistic period. Ruins from the 1st century ce were discovered under the North Church. The city prospered in Byzantine times, with the fortress (85 × 35 m), the North Church (St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, last quarter of the 4th cent.), and the South Church (Maria Theotokos, c. 565ce) on the acropol…

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Wenning, Robert, “Nessana”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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