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Tel Gezer, Gezer

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Central District
Gezer, or Tel Gezer is an archaeological site in the foothills of the Judaean Mountains at the border of the Shfela region roughly midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is now an Israeli national park. In the Hebrew Bible, Gezer is associated with Joshua and Solomon.It became a major fortified Canaanite city-state in the first half of the 2nd millennium BCE. It was later destroyed by fire and rebuilt. The Amarna letters mention kings of Gezer swearing loyalty to the Egyptian Pharaoh. Its importance was due in part to the strategic position it held at the crossroads of the ancient coastal trade route linking Egypt with Syria, Anatolia and Mesopotamia, and the road to Jerusalem and Jericho, both important trade routes.In the BibleGezer is listed in the Book of Joshua as a Levitical city, one of ten allotted to the Levite children of Kehoth - the Kohathites (Joshua, ch. 21). Discoveries related to biblical archaeology include: a probable Canaanite high place with ten monumental megaliths (up-ended stones, each of which is called a masseba or matseva, plural massebot/matsevot; such are found elsewhere in Israel, but the Gezer massebot are the most impressive examples); a double cave beneath the high place, but predating and not connected to it; 13 inscribed boundary stones, making it the first positively identified biblical city; a six-chambered gate similar to those found at Hazor and Megiddo; and a large Canaanite water system comprising a tunnel going down to a spring, similar to those found in Jerusalem, Hazor and Megiddo.
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  • An interesting archaeological site, boards with explanations about the place and the historical sequence (partial). It's best suited for the winter in which everything is green around and the weather is suitable for walking along the track (about 45 minutes)
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  • A unique site in the Gezer Regional Council, which combines sustainable history, heritage and agriculture in the Council. In the near future, Yunes is the site for hikers and constructed of shading, and seating areas. Yunch water Factory for visitors who can see the water on the spot and the experience will also make a hot day for a refreshing and cool day. The entrance to the site is free of charge. It is advisable to arrive in the autumn, winter and spring seasons. In the warm summer, it is advisable to arrive in the morning or dusk and enjoy an impressive sunset from the mound.
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  • Great archaeological site with ancient standing stones and panoramic views.
  • It worth to visit this wonderful place. The place was mentioned in Tanah.. You may see a beuiteful view all around from Ashdod, Rishon Le Zion, Ramla, Tell-aviv, Modiin. To arrive the place drive with Wase to the parking of Tel Geser or you may leave a car in moshav Beit Usiel and walk via the fields to the place, like 2 km., it is also very enjoyable
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