The country of Israel is one of incredible beauty and rich cultural heritage. Tel Aviv epitomises this in a variety of ways, most of all through the number of historical sites it boasts – a dream for those with such interests.
With more than 2.5 million international visitors every year, and the second-largest economy in the Middle East, the popularity of this amazing city is constantly growing. People are excited about what it can offer – here, we provide a brief glimpse into some of the cultural spots you should visit.
The History of Tel Aviv Museum
Based in the first-ever municipality building of Tel Aviv, this museum showcases the last 100 years of an intriguing city. From the small suburb known as Jaffa to the vibrant, bustling and entrancing epicentre of culture it is today, this is the number one spot to visit if you’re interested in the origins of Tel Aviv.
The old mayor’s office, first occupied by Meir Dizengoff, has been restored after the building was shut down for a number of years, and visitors can enter to see the amazing views of Bialik Square. The architecture is all original, making a trip to the museum a genuine Tel Aviv experience.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The largest art museum in Israel is based in Tel Aviv, and it has been open since before the country itself even existed. It contains a host of incredible artwork from Israeli and international artists, of both impressionism and post-impressionism.
While many interesting exhibits come and go over time, there are works of a number of famous names that are based here permanently – such as Henri Moore, Picasso and Auguste Rodin. The new wing, which opened just three years ago, also has some notable architecture worth viewing.
The White City
Tel Aviv is home to the world’s biggest collection of Bauhaus-style buildings, with their colour earning the area in which they’re located the nickname of “The White City”. They were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s by Jewish people emigrating from Germany, and have been restored following its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
The intention of building these structures was to recreate the atmosphere of café-culture in Europe, but with a more modernist style. Today, the district has a fun atmosphere with restaurants and boutiques lining the streets.
When visiting a city for the first time, most people’s idea of fun doesn’t generally involve paying a visit to the local cemetery. However, at Trumpeldor, you’ll find the resting places of a fascinating mixture of local celebrities including artists, politicians and other well-known individuals.
There are also a number of memorials of historical events, such as the 1921 Tel Aviv riots and the 1918 evacuation by the Ottomans. Overall it’s a fascinating insight into local history and the people that have inhabited this city.
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