In Tourist-friendly Ashdod, Where The Coastline Has Witnessed Israel’s History Since Jonah


Givat Yona — Jonah’s Hill — has always been considered a strategic site; the Via Maris – the ancient Way of the Sea – passed right below.

When cruise ships dock at Ashdod, and passengers disembark for a look at Israel’s fifth largest city, their first stop is often Yona’s Hill (Givat Yona). For it is on Givat Yona, today the site of a delightful overlook, that the prophet Jonah was buried well over two thousand years ago.

True, tradition places his burial site both in Jaffa and the Galilee. But it is only in Ashdod that a tomb many hundreds of years old, and inscribed with the words “Yunis the Prophet is buried here,” was discovered. (Unfortunately, in the early 1960’s a group of Jerusalemites destroyed the tomb. They replaced it with a plaque that reads: Yona (Jonah) son of Amitai, Prophet, which is now the shady overlook’s main feature).

Yona’s hill is only one of several exciting sites in an increasingly tourist-friendly Ashdod. In addition, the city boasts dozens of striking sculptures along her roads and promenades.

At 53 meters above sea level, Givat Yona is the highest hill in the whole coastal strip. It stands right above the Lachish River where it flows into the Mediterranean Sea, with a view of the Jewish National Fund’s Park Lachish-Ashdod. From here, on a clear day, you can see the ridges of the Judean Hills, the plains, and, of course, the coastline.



Read the full article over at The Times of Israel


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Dear Aviva and Shmuel , Just a note to thank you for all of your help on our trip to Israel. Aviva .. your great ideas for the day we were on our own plus your help in booking everything was really helpful and made our first night and day very exciting .Shmuel ..apart from the fact that the kids thought you may actually be one of Supermans cousins .. we really had a fantastic trip. What you managed to show us in Jerusalem considering William is only 8 was amazing. Both the kids loved the water tunnel ( even after a small initial scare !). The day doing Masada ,En Gedi and the Dead Sea was really the most exciting day for us all . Our Israeli friends who came over to join us from Tel Aviv said there was no way they would have been able to fit in so much. Everyone loved it !
Regards, David Glazer .. (and Joel and William)

the Glazer Family