Ashkelon — Ancient, Modern, Beautiful 

The ancient seaport of Ashkelon dates back to the Neolithic Age. In the course of its history, it has been ruled by the Ancient Egyptians, the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Hasmoneans, the Romans, the Persians, the Arabs and the Crusaders, until it was destroyed by the Mamluks in 1270.

Today, modern Ashkelon is home to approximately 150,000 people. According to the municipal government, Ashkelon is “still growing and  evolving in accordance with modern urban planning progresses, while maintaining its unique character, as a well-kept, green, garden city, that offers a pleasant environment and a high quality of life to its residents and visitors alike.”