"saraia" was the first public building in the city whice be used as negev government house.
the building style typical to the turkish public structure at these time.
the police structure to be added to by the British be used by the beer sheva police.
water tower of the turkish train station his part of the site of the train station, to be used since 1915, to soply water to the steam engine of the trains which arrive to the station.
on his roof was two big water tank and at the first floor was the pump .
after the station be closed the tower supply water, which come to him from arabs wells, to the jewish people of the city, until to the establishing of the pool at 1950.
the Ottoman government cooperat with the germany in goal to stop the british colonialism undressing. as part of this they build railroad track who connect between Damascus and Saudi Arabia.
at 29/10/1915 the railroad track inaugurated , and in 1916 begin to build the continuation of railroad track to Sinai peninsula .
length of the bridge 190m, width 1.05m, and he have 20 rainbows.
the bridge build 118 jewish wich work at hard condition, it's finish at end of 08/1916.
at 1948 in independence war part of south bridge blow by Israel Defense Forces, IDF .
in goal to stop the egypt army and to prevent from him to removing supply to his soldier wich park in beer sheva.
"ABRAHAM'S WELL" IN BEER SHEBA TRADITIONAL SITE OF THE WELL WHICH ABRAHAM BOUGHT FROM ABIMELECH 'that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
" Wherefore that place was called Beer-sheba; " GEN 21:31
In the battle for survival, little thought is given to preserving the old. Mainly, the urge is to push ahead, modernize, build tall buildings, join the march of “progress.” People are in too much of a hurry to stand back for a moment and look at what they have. They don’t see that there is beauty in the old and it is worth safeguarding. Renovating the old parts of town begins when it is almost too late, when the wreckers’ ball has already destroyed much of what makes the place unique.
So it is in Beersheva, with its remnants of old Turkish and Arab architecture. In the last few decades, the city has grown tremendously due to an influx of new immigrants, mainly Ethiopian and Russian Jews. Alongside soaring monuments of marble and blue glass like Heichal Hamishpat (the new court building), new 30-floor residential towers with names like Manhattan Gardens (complete with miniature Statue of Liberty in front) and a nouveau-Ethiopian cultural center shaped like the traditional tukul, or thatched huts of Ethiopia, are crumbling remnants of beautiful Arab mansions.
Beersheva is still fighting for survival, but it has reached the point where it is able to step back for a moment and look around. The importance of restoring these old buildings and keeping the architectural heritage alive has begun to seep into the city’s consciousness. Some of the old buildings are being restored or waiting for some wealthy philanthropist to fall in love with them and finance their renovation.
When you visit Beersheva, make a point of touring the Old City (get a map from the tourist center) where most of this wonderful architecture is clustered – the old Governor’s Palace (now an art museum), the old Turkish train station, the villa of Aref al-Aref, the old mosque, the school for sheikhs’ children, and more.
open hour :
Monday,Tuesday , Thursday : 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday : 12:00-19:00
Friday and Saturday : 10:00 - 14:00
Sunday : CLOSED
The term "shuk" translates into "market". The Beer Sheva Shuk is a traditional mid-eastern market. It is a real pleasure to see it. It is a real working market. Many Beer Shevans rely on the shuk.
this mosque is the only one in beer sheva and regretfully it's closed and not active.
in the past it was as a museum, I dont know what there is inside but the mosque is beautiful for my opinion.