Oldest Arched Gate in the World

The oldest arched gate in the world, excavated in Ashkelon, has recently been restored. According to the Jerusalem Post:

The $700,000 project, which was carried out with a donation from the Council for a Beautiful Israel and in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, is part of a long-term plan to convert the history-rich area to a more extensive archeological park, said Zeev Margalit, head of the authority’s conservation and development department.

The restored gate and arch from a distance

Oldest arch close-up

(Photos by Ardon Bar Hama)

The gate was built mostly of mud-brick with some calcareous limestone. It is 15 meters long, over 2 meters wide and almost 4 meters high and consists of an arched corridor with arched openings on either end.

Other discoveries in Ashkelon include:
Canaanite Fortifications of Ashkelon, c. 1950 BCE
Silver Calf, c. 1600–1550 BCE

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