Places of Section 7

The Sea-coast

86. Lod also Lydea, called also Diospolis - (Lydda, Lud)

A not walled city under a black inscription. An isolated building with a columnated plaza in front of it might represent the renowed St. George shrine.


She admired the ruins of Dor, a city once powerful, and Strato's Tower, which King Herod of Judaea had named Caesarea in honour of Caesar Au-gustus: in this city she saw the House of Cornelius which is a Christian church, the cells of Philip, and the chamber of the four virgins who prophesied. Then she came to Antipatris, a small half-ruined town which Herod had named after his father; and to Lydda, renamed Diospolis, famous because of the resurrection of Dorcas and the cure of Aeneas. Not far off she came to Arimathea, the village of the Joseph who buried the Lord, and to Nob, which had once been a city of priests, and was now a graveyard of the slain. And then she came to Joppa, the harbour from which Jonah fled and also, if I may be permitted to mentioning a story from one of the poets, the place which witnessed Andromeda bound to the rock. Then turning back, she reached Nico-polis, formerly called Emmaus, where the Lord made himself known to Cleophas in the breaking of bread, thus consecrating his house as a church. (Hieronymus, Ep. 108 - Peregr. Paulae, 8)

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Photo: The present Greek-Orthodox Church of St. George.

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