During the Ottoman period Lod became a central town in the Ayalon stream area, and an important center for the olive and oil industry. The city still contains several impressive stone buildings used by the oil industry. The city also boasts the beautiful Khan Khilu, mosques and stone buildings which have survived to date.
History of the Old City of Lod
The first inhabitants of Lod reached the area about 8,000 years ago, during the Neolithic Period. Due to the important archaeological discoveries found in the city, the “Lodian Culture” is well known.
Early Bronze Age discoveries found in archaeological excavations conducted in Lod include typical Egyptian pottery, testifying to connections between Lod and Egypt.
Lod became an important Jewish center during the Persian period. During the Hellenistic period, which partially corresponds to the Hasmonean period, the Seleucid King Demetrius I, who ruled between 161-150 BCE, suggested moving Lod from the control of Samaria to the Judea district due to its Jewish majority.
The crowning glory of findings from the Roman Period is the most impressive mosaic floor ever found in Israel and one of the most impressive worldwide
The Moslem rulers designated Lod as the civil capital of “Jund Palestine” (The Palestinian district).
During the 13th century the Mamluks captured Lod. They constructed the El-Omari Mosque and the Jindas Bridge, one of the most Impressive ancient bridges in Israel.
During the Ottoman period Lod became a central town in the Ayalon stream area, and an important center for the olive and oil industry.
During the Mandate Period, Lod was chosen as the location for the central train station between Cairo in the South, and Damascus in the north, as well as the International air terminal, named Lod Airport,