We begin our Tel Aviv city tour with a visit to the oldest neighborhood of the city – the ancient port of Jaffa.
As Tel Aviv developed, Jaffa decayed and by the 1940’s Tel Aviv was much larger than Jaffa. This resulted in the conversion of Jaffa from a city to a neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Nevertheless, to keep Jaffa’s heritage and history, the official name of the whole city became Tel Aviv-Yafo.
During our tour, we will walk through the ancient port and Ilana Goor museum of design and sculpture.
The famous Israeli artist -Ilana Goor established the museum in 1995. The museum has a collection of more than 500 pieces of art, either created by Ilana Goor or collected by her over a period of 50 years.
The collection includes paintings, some 300 sculptures, video art, Ethnic Art from Africa and Latin America, antiques, drawings, and design objects.
The museum has works by contemporary artists like Diego Giacometti, Henry Moore, Josef Albers and Olga Wolniak.
As a result, many visitors describe the museum as an “Artistic jungle”, for its vast variety of Art and styles.
We continue our trip with a visit to the neighborhood of Neve Tsedek.
For years, the neighborhood prospered as Tel Aviv, the first modern Hebrew city, grew up around it. Nevertheless, after Israel gained its independence, the neighborhood experienced years of neglect and disrepair.
Finally, in the early 1980s, Neve Tzedek has become one of Tel Aviv’s latest fashionable and expensive districts with a village-like atmosphere.
The neighborhood also features many shops: both local and global vendors of clothing, food and jewelry.
After finishing our stall through the neighborhood we will continue to the Rabin square.
Rabin Square, formerly Kings of Israel Square, is a large public city square in the center of Tel Aviv. Over the years it has been the site of numerous political rallies, parades, and other public events.
Unfortunately, in 1995, a Jewish ultra-nationalist assassinated the prime minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin as an opposition to the Oslo Peace accords. Therefore, the square was named after the deceased prime minister and his struggle for peace.
After taking some pictures, we will proceed to the “White City of Tel Aviv”. This special complex is a collection of over 4,000 buildings built in a unique form of the Bauhaus by German Jewish architects. Tel Aviv-Yafo has the largest number of buildings in the Bauhaus designing style in the world. In 2003, the complex was named a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO.
Finally, we will finish our Tel Aviv City tour in the independence museum. In the museum, you will find the independence hall where Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, proclaimed the country’s independence from the British mandate.
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