Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ashqelon National Park

Ruma, Nicole, and I went to Ashqelon National Park here in Israel on Thursday. It's mostly a beach park with some old ruins mixed throughout.

There are two somewhat-interesting facts about the park that made me include it here. First, it is the site of the oldest arch in the world. It served as the gate to the Canaanite City and was built in 1850 BC (yes...3500 years ago).

Here's me under the semi-restored arch:

The other item of interest is that is the site where, in the bible, Samson "struck down" 30 Philistines and took their clothes to pay 30 companions who had solved a riddle he proposed at his wedding. To me, it seems like killing 30 people for their clothes is overkill but maybe times have changed. Here's the action shot:

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