Courtesy Aramco World Magazine

Ashkelon in stone. This mosaic is from the eighth-century A.D. Church of St. Stephen at Umm er-Rasas, also in Jordan. A multistoried edifice flanks a columned, rotundalike structure, above which the name ASKALON appears.

Ashkelon’s multistoried buildings, as seen here, in the Madaba mosaic, and on the theater ticket, apparently served as symbols of the city—a kind of municipal logo.