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Sign: Ayalon Park Canada - Fortress of Bacchides

Through the Ayalon Park, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל קרן קיימת לישראל
ביצורי בקחידס
מיקומה של אמאוס בצומת הדרכים הראשי שממערב לירושלים הקנה לה חשיבות רבה.
השער והמגדלים שלפניך הם מן המאה השניה לפנה"ס. הם היו חלק מביצורה של חורבת-עקד על ידי בקחידס, מפקד הצבא היווני (חשמונאים א פרק ט, פסוקים נ-נב).
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The fortification area was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Jewish National Fund
Fortress of Bacchides
Emmaus’ location at the main road junction west of Jerusalem gave it great importance.
The gate and towers in front of you are from the second century BC.
They were part of the fortification of Horbat-Aked by Bacchides, commander of the Greek army (Hashmonaim I, Chapter 9, verses 50-62).
Later in the Roman period Emmaus’ place was moved west, to the entrance area to the park.

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