Friday, 15 August 2014

Old City of Jaffa, Israel

Another one of the many wonderful 'winner of the month' cards that I received last September (has it really been that long ago?!). This one was (and still is :P) one of my favourites, I just love the atmosphere in it.

Jaffa is the southern, oldest part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa (since 1950), an ancient port city in Israel. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah, and Saint Peter. Tel Yafo (Jaffa Hill) rises to a height of 40 meters and it offers a commanding view of the coastline. Hence it had a strategic importance in military history. The accumulation of debris and landfill over the centuries made the hill even higher. Archaeological evidence shows that Jaffa was inhabited some 7,500 years BCE. The natural harbor of Jaffa has been in use since the Bronze Age.

From the 1990s onwards, efforts have been made to restore Arab and Islamic landmarks, such as the Mosque of the Sea and Hassan Bek Mosque, and document the history of Jaffa's Arab population. Parts of the Old City have been renovated, turning Jaffa into a tourist attraction featuring old restored buildings, art galleries, theaters, souvenir shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and promenades. Many artists have moved their studios from Tel Aviv to the Old City and its surroundings, such as the Jaffa port.


Ana said...

I have to agree...the atmosphere is just beautiful...relaxing at a coffee shop/restaurant here would be a delight for me!

Nives said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful postcard!!