Every summer there is a Klezmer festival in Zefat. Kleyzmerim are the the traditional eastern-European Jewish musicians who used to play in weddings and other events. This music is the the Jewish "Blues" music. It developed from the religious hymns of the Jews of eastern-Europe, the brithplace of the Hassidic movement. Part of the Hassidic ritual is music and dances in which the followers go into almost a state of trance. From all of this developed this music. The most prominent musical instrument associated with this music is the clarinet with its sound resembling a weeping person.
During the Independance War 1948 here in front of the British Police Station much shooting happend. Have a look at the building and you will notice well visible bullet holes in the facade. On the small square in front of the building you will find several plates describing some of the history that took place here.
Several plates show names of members of the 'Meginei Tzfat' the Zefat Defenders who lost their lifes in the War of Independence in 1948. You will notice them by the emblem of the 'Meginei Tzfat', a burning torch over Mount Meron.
A hand holding a burning torch above the two peaks of Mount meron is the emblem of the 'Meginei Tzfat', the Zefat Defenders, who faught for the Dependence of Israel in 1948. It was designed by M. Arieh, a member of the underground fighters group Hagannah. Walking around Zafet you will come across the symbol at several places.
This is one of the first Mameluke buildings that were set up in Israel. It was built in 1276 AD by Baybars, who was the ruler of Egypt between 1260 to 1278 AD. After conquering Zefat, he set it as the capital of the northern region.
The Red Mosque is built in Mameluke style which evolved in Cairo. Have a look at the artwork above a wooden door.
The Mameluke Mausoleum was built in the 14th century for Mudhafar a-Din Mussa Ibn Haj a-Ruqtai, the govenor of Zefat. He died in 1372. Nowadays the building serves as a Freemason's lodge. I liked the architecture with the dark and light stones.
Walking around in Zefats Artists Quarter you will pass houses with plates telling you which painter or artist lived there. These plates are colored blue.
On the photo you see the plate about Isaac Amitai, a painter.
Rabbi Yosef Caro was one of the most influential people in the Jewish history. His book Shulchan Aruch (Set Table), even though was written in the 16th century, is still considered the ultimate authority in Jewish religious laws. This little synagogue is attribued to Yosef Caro. It is located in the old city, right next to the artists galleries.
The view from the city is very beautiful.
Meron mountain , the kineret and great sunset and sunrise.
i think it is very magical and sacred to smell the air in the mountains near the city.
Bosell house is a nice building with beautiful architecture.
This house was once a scottish mission , sanatorium and a hospital.
when i went to Zefat the house was in a bad condition and i hope the mayor will fix this situation because it is a very beautiful building.
Zefat is known for its artists and art galleries. As you can see in the picture there is a whole market full with them. As you might expect most of them are tourist traps, trying to sell corny paintings. But, if you are lucky you can still get some finds. And even you don't, it's still a nice experience to explore this area.
This building has a lot of history connected to it. It has been in the family - passed father to son - for 150 years and was reopened in 1950 and has been in production ever since. Within this building is a factory shop (see my travelogue on Zefat), and a restaurant selling light dairy meals. See a magnificent view of Mount Meron from the balcony of the Hameiri Dairy.
See historical artifacts such as butter and cream makers, a milk churn and cheese cutter. For purchase are Zefat (the original hard, salty cheese) and Brinza cheeses, olive oil and fine wines.
Call for opening hours.
Here you can see hand-made artistic candles (see photo), wax artwork, and wax sculptures. Have a guided explanation about the candles and see how they are made, as well as a tour of the factory to see the workers and artists in action.
My friends and I enjoyed the visit to this factory, you will see sculptures to surprise you. My boyfriend and I bought a few sets as gifts for friends abroad.
On the hill of the citadel you will find the memorial for the Defenders of Zefat during the Independance War in 1948.
The Tomb of HaAri HaKadosh in the Old Cemetery of Zefat.
It's a site of pilgrimage for Jewish believers.