Shefela (Lowland)

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  This page summarizes the sites that are reviewed in the area of the Shefela - Lowland - the south western side of Israel.

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This page is a sites gallery of the Shefela (Lowland) - the south west side of Israel.

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(a) The sites:

On each site below you can:

 

Tel Yavne (Yamnia)

 

    A famous ancient city, located near the crossing of the ancient trade route over the Sorek stream.

 

(Joshua 15:11): "And the border went out ... unto Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea".

 

 

Yavne Yam

 

 Maritime Yavne was the ancient port city of Yavne (Jamnia), situated south of the stream mouth of Nahal sorek.

 

 

 (2 Maccabees 12 9):" (Judas) ... attacked the people of Jamnia by night and set fire to the harbor and the fleet".

 

 

 

Gaza

    Gaza ('Aza) is one of the World's ancient cities, situated on the coastal road.

Judges 16: 1-3: "Then went Samson to Gaza...".

 

 

 Tel Ashkelon (Ascalon)

 

    An important port city, with 4,000 years of history.

 

 

   Zecharia (9:5): "Ashkelon shall see it, and fear...".

 
 
 

Ashkelon City (Overview)

    This overview page describes the sites in the vicinity of the city of Ashkelon.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Ashdod  Maritime (on the sea)

    Ashdod Maritime was the ancient harbour of the city of Ashdod. It is located in the sand dunes on the southern shore of Ashdod.


 

 
 

 Yonah Hill, Ashdod

     An archaeological mound and the traditional tomb of Jonah, situated on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Lachish river.

  

 

 

Tel Mor

 

     Ruins of a fortified Harbour city, during the Canaanite and Philistine times (16th-8th Century BC).

 

  

 

 
 
 

 

Migdal Afek (Migdal Tsedek)

 

     The fortress of Migdal Afek controlled the narrow pass of Via Maris.

 

  

 

    Wars 2 19 1: "...a great body of Jewish forces gotten together in a certain tower called Aphek"

 

 

St. George, Lod (Lydda)

 

   A Greek Orthodox church with remains of the most important Christian soldier-saint.

 

 

     
 
 

Khan el-Hilu, Lod (Lydda)

 

    An impressive 19th Century Khan (inn) in the old city of Lod.

 

 

 

 

 

Arches Pool (Ramla)

   

   An 8th Century underground water reservoir in Ramla, and an aqueduct from Tel Gezer that supplied its waters.

 

 

 

 
 

Armenian Monastery (Ramla)

 

     The 19th Century Armenian monastery of St. George is located in the old city of Ramla.

 

 

 

 

Khan el-Azam, Ramla

 

   Ruins of a 13th Century Mamluke Khan in Ramla. 

 

 
 
 

Lod (Lydda) - Overview

 

    Lod (Lydda) is a historic city, starting from a Canaanite city situated along two major roads in the heart of the Country. The birth and burial place of the famous St. George, an early Christian Martyr who inspired the Crusaders and Christian World.

 

 

Ramla - Overview

 

     The city was founded in the 8th Century as a new administration center. It is the only city in Israel that was established by the Muslim rulers.

 
 
 

Tel Gezer

 

   A major fortified Canaanite and Israelite fortified city, one of the famous Biblical cities.

 

 

1 Kings  9-15: "King Solomon raised... the wall of  Gezer."

 

Mazor Mausoleum

 

   A grand Mausoleum dated to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, is one of the oldest standing structures in Israel.

 

 
 
 

Qula Crusader Fortress

 

     Ruins of a Crusader fortress and Arab village, located in a National forest.

 

 

Tel Hadid

 

   Ruins of a multi-period Biblical city located on hill above the highway #6 tunnel.

Ezra 2:1,33: "...came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city; ... The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono...".

 
 
 

Tel 'Erani

 

   Ruins of a large multi-period Canaanite city near Kiryat Gat, first fortified in the Early Bronze I period.

 

 

 

Gath (Tel Zafit, Tell es-Safi)

   Tel Zafit (Tell es-Safi) is one of the largest Biblical sites in Israel. Settlement  started in the Early Bronze Age, and was occupied with some interruptions for 5,000 years until modern times. It is widely accepted by scholars as the Philistine city of Gath - the hometown of Goliath.

 

 

1 Samuel 5:8: "Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath".

 
 
 

Ashdod (Overview)

 

       This page is an overview of the ancient sites of Ashdod, with direction to its major ancient sites. 

 

 

 (1 Samuel 5:1): "the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod".

 

     
 

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(b) Map of sites in the Shefela and south coast:

 

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Legend:

 

Blue    = Old Testament

● Red     =  New Testament

Purple= other ancient periods

Green= prehistoric, nature sites

Yellow= regional galleries

 

 

 

 

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This page was last updated on  Mar 28, 2016  

 

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