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Ayalon Canada Park

  • Address

    Davidson 5, Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel

  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    Remains of old Emmaus, Roman and Jewish baths


The Ayalon Valley is the place where the Bible tells that made his famous cry: “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, Moon, in the valley of Ayalon!” (Joshua, 10:12). Relics from the Second Temple period were found at the park. It was the location of the ancient city of Emmaus, famous for its hot springs. One notable site from the period is the Akad Ruins, a fortified place found at the highest spot of the park.

During the Roman period, the area was known as Nicopolis, and gained fame for its bathhouses. Relics of bathhouses, an aqueduct and other structures remain in the site. Christian tradition recognizes Emmaus as the place where Jesus met two of his disciples after his resurrection. The park also includes a Jewish fort, a Crusader fort, a Roman bathhouse that was turned into a maqam. The first part of Emmaus Trail goes through Canada Park.

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