Near Rosh Ha'ayin, Central District, Israel
Tel Afeq - Antipatris
Location. 32° 6.317′ N, 34° 55.826′ E. Marker is near Rosh Ha'ayin, Central District. Marker can be reached from Yarkon Park Entrance Roadway just north of National Route 483. Touch for map. This
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Roman Cardo (within shouting distance of this marker); The Egyptian Governor's Residence (within shouting distance of this marker).
Regarding Tel Afeq - Antipatris. In the December of 2000 edition of the Jewish Magazine (see 2nd related link) they make the following observation, "The park now forms a more fitting background for the antiquities in Tel Afek, although the finds are a bit difficult to find as there are no indicating signs. This is a pity because now it would be easy to miss that Tel Afek is one of the most important biblical places in Israel."
I confess that when I visited this site, with my tour group, in March of 2013, I was disappointed that there weren't more historical markers to help explain the importance of the site and to mark where the archaeological evidence of this important site could be found. I only managed to find three markers, but because I was with a tour group I had a limited amount
The ruins of the Ottoman fortress are by far the most visually significant and impressive archaeological evidence at this site. But I didn't come to this location to see Ottoman era ruins, I came because the Book of Acts detailed the Apostle Paul's brief visit to this site on his way to the Caesarea Maritima (see Acts 23: 31). I was looking for Roman ruins that dated back to the time of Paul's visit.
I was initially disappointed in my quest to see and experience the Roman ruins from the time of Paul, but once I could bring myself to look beyond the Ottoman fortress I was able to see two other important groups of ruins. The first were the Roman ruins which are located along the Roman road that runs southeast from the southeastern fortress tower. These Roman ruins aren't nearly as numerous or significant as I had seen in visits to places like Beth Shean or Sepphoris, but I was still pleased to be walking on the very same Roman road that Paul had traveled upon.
Unfortunately, I was unable to see much more of the Roman ruins than what was in the immediate vicinity of the southeast tower of the fortress. Had I more time, I would have liked to have walked to the end of what had been excavated of the Roman road, within the park (see the aerial photograph view of the park that is in the 5th related link).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Yarkon Park. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Archaeology in Israel: Tel Afek. This is a link to related information provided by the Jewish Magazine. (Submitted on April 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Antipatris. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Aphek, Antipatris. This is a link to information provided by BiblePlaces.com. (Submitted on April 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
5. Afek in the Sharon (Antipatris). This is a link to information provided by BibleWalks.com (Submitted on April 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on April 12, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.