Lod (Ebreu: לוֹד‬; Arabic: اَلْلُدّْ‎, al-Ludd; Greco-Latin Lydda) is a ceety locatit on the Sharon Plain 15 km (9.3 mi) sootheast o Tel Aviv in the Center Destrict o Israel. In 2015 it haed a population o 72,819.


  • לֹד, לוֹד
  • الْلُدّ
Ebreu transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Lodd
Lod ceety centre
Lod ceety centre
Official logo of Lod
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Coordinates: 31°57′7″N 34°53′17″E / 31.95194°N 34.88806°E / 31.95194; 34.88806Coordinates: 31°57′7″N 34°53′17″E / 31.95194°N 34.88806°E / 31.95194; 34.88806
 • TeepCeety
 • MayorYair Revivo
 • Total12.226 km2 (4.720 sq mi)
 • Total72,819
 • Density6,000/km2 (15,000/sq mi)

Israel's main internaitional airport, Ben Gurion International Airport (previously cried Lydda Airport, RAF Lydda, an Lod Airport) is locatit in the ceety.


The Ebreu name Lod appears in the bible as a toun o Benjamin, foondit bi Shamed or Shamer (1 Chronicles 8:12; Ezra 2:33; Nehemiah 7:37; 11:35). In the New Testament it appears as its Greek form, Lydda.[2][3] The ceety an aa fynds reference in an Islamic Hadith, as the location o the battlefield whaur 'Dajjal' (the Anti-Christ) will be slayed afore the Day o Judgment.[4][5]


A well-preserved mosaic floor datin tae the Roman period wis excavatit in 1996 as pairt o a salvage dig conductit on behauf o the Israel Antiquities Authority an the Municipality o Lod, prior tae widenin HeHalutz Street. The mosaic wis covered ower wi soil at the conclusion o the excavation for lack o funds tae conserve an develop the steid.[6] The mosaic is now part of the Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center.


The ceety's major soccer club, Hapoel Bnei Lod, plays in Liga Leumit (the seicont diveesion). Its hame base is Lod Municipal Stadium. The club wis formed bi a merger o Bnei Lod an Rakevet Lod in the 1980s. Twa ither clubs in the ceety play in the regional leagues: Hapoel MS Ortodoxim Lod in Liga Bet an Maccabi Lod in Liga Gimel.

Hapoel Lod played in the top diveesion durin the 1960s an 1980s, an wan the State Cup in 1984. The club fauldit in 2002. A new club, Hapoel Maxim Lod (named efter umwhile mayor Maxim Levy) wis established suin efter, but fauldit in 2007.

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Twin towns - sister citiesEedit

Lod is twinned wi:


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. Bible Dictionary, "Lydda".
  3. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, "Lod; Lydda"
  4. http://www.missionislam.com/nwo/signsdajjal.htm
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masih_ad-Dajjal
  6. Lod mosaic
  7. "Piatra Neamţ - Twin Towns". © 2007-2008 Piatra-Neamt.net. Archived frae the original on 16 November 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. freemit airtin in |publisher= (help)

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