A new day dawns and we’ve decided it’s time to get into the car and do some shooting and sightseeing. Eileen suggested that a good first place to visit would be Tel Aphek-Antipatris. I wanted to go to Jerusalem on my first visit outside of Herzlia, but Eileen felt we should wait because the city may be overcrowded with Christian pilgrims here for Christmas. Parking is difficult on a good day so she felt it would be even worse now.
Antipatris is about a 30 minute ride from Raanana. Located on the outskirts of Petah Takva, Aphek was among the earliest fortified Canaanite cities.
This is the place where the Israelite’s suffered one of the most devastating defeats, the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, to the Philistines. No, we did not see Indiana Jones lurking in the area.
When entering the grounds, we can see the remnant of the Ottoman fortress, Binar Bashi, which was built in 1571.
As luck would have it there were several abandoned buildings on the site where trespassing was prohibited.
We were not sure what this building was used for. Certainly built in the 20th century, but it did offer an opportunity for some real nice images, IMHO!