November 20, 2017     2 Kislev 5778
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  City: Ashdod  

Region: Southern Coastal Area

Location: Located off of hiway 4, north of Ashkelon, south of Rishon LeZion, west of Kiryat Gat
  
Driving Directions to Ashdod:
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Cities/Towns Near By:
Ashkelon, Rishon LeZion,Yavne, Rehovot, Gedera, Kiryat Malakhi, Sderot, Kiryat Gat, Lakhish

Population: approx. 200,000 
 
Landscape:
Mediterranean Sea coast
    
Modern Day:
Ashdod is a Mediterranean port city, Since the late 90s new immigrants primarily from FSU has fueled the population growth of Ashdod with nearly 70,000 newcomers taking the city's population to 190,000, making Ashdod the fifth largest city in Israel.

The modern city of Ashdod was founded in 1956 as Israel's second deep-water seaport, after Haifa. Ashdod Port handles 46% of the Israel's sea freight.

The port city is also a very attractive city which offers residents a high quality of life. Ashdod is home to major companies in the electronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, plastics, metals, paper, wood and furniture sectors.

Ashdod has a beautiful sea-front promenade, 10 kilometers of coast with a number of beaches, 550 berth marina, hotels, historical sites and natural reserves that is very attractive to tourists as well.

Biblical History: Archeological excavations have found more than 23 cities since the Bronze Age. In the 17th century BCE Ashdod was a Canaanite city. The fortified city was destroyed by sea people in the 14th century BCE.In biblical times was best known as one of the 5 Philistines city.  Ashdod continued to see changing ruling regimes, such as in the Babylonian and Persian periods. During the period of Ezra and Nehemiah the Babylonian exiles returned. In the 4th century the city was conquered by Alexander of Macedonia and is called “Azotus”. During the Hellenistic period, Ashdod is taken from the Greek kingdom to the Hasmonean kingdom until the Roman conquest destroys the city. Ashdod was home to a thriving Jewish community until the seventh century.

Near by Parks/Forests: Ashdod Nitzanim Sand Dune Park, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, British Park, Tel Lachish, Tel Tzfit and Ashkelon National Park 

Caves: Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Tel Lachish Caves

Biblical Sites/Tels: Tel Lachish, Tel Tzfit, Tel Ashdod
     
Shopping Malls: Lev Ashdod Mall, Sea Mall, The City Mall, Star Center Mall, Ad Halom Mall
 
Museums: Korin Maman Museum, Ashdod Museum of Art- Monart Centre, Beit Hativat Givati Museum, Ashdod Museum 
    
Theaters/Perfomance Centers:
 Andalusian Orchestra, ACADMA conservatory, Ashdod Performing Arts Center

Festivals: International Film Festival
 
Things to Do:
 swimming, water sports, boating, fishing, culture, discovery.
  
Dining:
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Lodging: click here 

City Website: click here

City Map: click here

Off the Beaten Trail:

Tel Safit / Gath Archaeological Park- read here

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