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Sign: Ashdod -The blue route - Jonah’s Hill

Yair St 4, Ashdod, Israel
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On the sign:
המסלול הכחול

גבעת יונה
הגבעה נישאת לגובה של 53 מטר ומשקיפה על העיר אשדוד ועל פי המסורת נמצא בה קברו של הנביא יונה.
במפת מידבא הקדומה, מהמאה השישית לספירה, מצוין המקום ועליו הכתובת ביוונית ’הקדוש יונה’. על הגבעה נמצא מגדלור הנמל, המאיר למרחק של עד 27 ק"מ. בתקופת המנדט הבריטי הייתה במקום תחנת תצפית, שנועדה למנוע ממעפילים יהודים לעלות לארץ ישראל.

The blue route

"Jonah’s Hill"
Tradition has it that the grave of Jonah, the Biblical prophet, is located on this 53-meter high hill overlooking the city of Ashdod. The site is indicated on the famous 6th century Medba map, with the heading, in Greek, "The holy Jonah". On top of the hill is a lighthouse facing the port that sends a beam of light out for a distance of 27 km. During the Mandate, British officers used this as a lookout point to prevent illegal Jewish immigrants from entering Palestine.

סמל העיר אשדוד
עיריית אשדוד

The emblem of the city of Ashdod
Ashdod Municipality
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