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The ruins of the ancient city of Antipatris are located in the Sharon Valley, at the source of the Yarkon River. This ancient city was built by Herod the Great, who named the city after the father of Antipater the Edomite.
Antipatris was repeatedly conquered by the Egyptians, as evidenced by the lists of cities they took. Also, more than once the name of the city is mentioned in the cuneiform inscriptions of the Assyrians.
After the conquest of the city by Macedon, he met here with the Jerusalem high priest Shimon Ha-Tzadik.
Subsequently, as a result of the fall of Jerusalem, the Jews moved again in Antipatris.
In the 20th century, a quarry was purchased by Jews on the slope of the village. Lime was burned here for the construction of the city of Tel Aviv and other surrounding settlements.
In 1936-1939, during the Arab uprising, the Arabs captured the quarry, and everything around it was destroyed. The village of Migdal Tzedek and its surrounding areas were turned into a base for Arab armed groups. Later in 1948, during the Arab-Israeli War, the village became a base for soldiers of the Iraqi army. Today, not far from the highway, you can see a monument erected in honor of Jewish soldiers who died here in 1948.
During archaeological finds, it was discovered that ancient stones were used to build the village. On the jamb of one door, an inscription was found, written in the 5th century in Greek: `` Great Martyr Saint Kerik. '' Kerik, according to legends, was a three-year-old boy who was killed along with his mother by the Romans in the 4th century.
In this city you can also observe a fortress, in which during the period of the Jewish war there was a fortification of the Jews. In the Middle Ages, the fortress was captured by the crusaders and expanded. During the rule of the Turks, the fortress gradually began to be dismantled for the construction of an iron track. The stones were also used to build residential buildings. Most recently, restoration work has begun here.
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Topic: Ruins of the city of Antipatrida in Israel, Tel Aviv resort.