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Sign: Lod - Heritage Sites in Israel - The well of peace

Yerushalayim Ave, Lod, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל העיר לוד
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט
לוגו "עושים מהפכה בתיירות"
סמל החברה הממשלתית לתיירות

באר השלום
הבאר ניצבת על דרך אורך עתיקה (כיום, שדרות ירושלים) ושרתה את בני-האדם והבהמות לאורך דרך זו. הבאר בנויה אבני גזית. עיטור ה"שחמט" המקיף את המבנה והספסלים שבצידי הפתח מאפיינים את סגנון הבניה מהתקופה הממלוכית (מאות י"ג-ט"ו). פי הבאר עשוי חולית שיש הקבועה ברצפה, המים הועלו מהבאר בדלי הקשור לחבל. דרך הפתחים שתו הבהמות מהשקתות המשוקעות בקיר המבנה. בעבר נקראה הבאר "ביר זיבאק" שפירושו "באר הכספית", ככל הנראה בשל המים המרים.
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The sign shape is square but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The building was photographed that day Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Lod city emblem
The emblem of the Ministry of Culture and Sport
"Tourism Revolution Logo"
The emblem of the Government Tourism Company

The well of peace
The well stands on an ancient long road (nowadays, Jerusalem Boulevard) and has served humans and animals along this road. The well is built of ashlar stones. The "chess" decoration that surrounds the building and benches on the sides of the doorway characterize the Mamluk-era building style (13th-15th centuries). The mouth of the well is made of a marble component fixed to the floor, the water being raised from the well in a bucket attached to the rope. Through the openings, the animals drank from the troughs sunk into the building wall. In the past, the well was called "Bir Zibak" which means "the mercury well", probably due to the bitter water.

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