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The National-Park of the ancient town of Ashkelon, the Roman colonnade remains in the basilica site.
It was a prominent port city, evidence found that it was established by the Cnaanite sometime in the 19th century BC. Located on the Via-Maris, a major road from north to south, towards Egypt, had a merchants port and its inhabitants exported goods throughout the near Mediterranean countries.
Occupied later by the Persians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders and Ottomans – all left a notable mark on life there, excavations found on the large area with the wall 2.2km length around the old city, and many ancient houses, villas, water-wells, public-buildings, religious-edifices and a port.

Located in the south Israel coastal plains, 31.6616, 34.5482 on the map.

A WS show photoof the excavations in the Roman-Byzantine basilica.
Ike

A Wikipedia page about ancient town of Ashkelon.

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