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The Wishing Bridge
Located in the HaPisga Garden and close to the Ra'amse's Gate Garden, this bridge contains the 12 horoscope signs. Legend says that if you touch your sign while looking at the sea, your wish will come true. I did it because a little bit of good luck can never hurt...
Before crossing the bridge, if you're walking on the general direction toward the lighthouse, you'll find a tile artwork saying "Wishing Bridge" in English and Hebrew, and once you've crossed the bridge you'll find another tile artwork, circular, with all the horoscope signs.
From the Bridge there's some good photo opportunities as well, of St. Peter Church, the sea and Tel Aviv as seen through the trees.
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The views of Tel Aviv from Old Jaffa
This is one of the things I like doing when visiting a new city: finding a place where I can take panoramic pictures and I got intrigued about Tel Aviv when I was flying over it as my plane started the descent to Ben Gurion airport.
From Old Jaffa you can take some beautiful pictures of the Tel Aviv beaches, with the skyline formed by the big buildings one the one side. To me this is one of life's free pleasures.
I took the picture of this tip from Mifraz Shelomo Promenade, near Aladdin Restaurant and the Maritime Mosque.
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Jaffa is actually a separate place from Tel Aviv, a mostly Arab Christian town with a very different vibe. If Tel Aviv is brash and lively, Jaffa is modest and sleepy, a quaint old place of narrow streets, interesting markets and ancient architecture. It was founded by one of Noah's sons so it has a little bit more of an historical pedigree than it's nearby bigger neighbour!
Although it's a separate town, in practice it runs into the suburbs of Tel Aviv and it's a very pleasant two mile walk along the seafront from Tel Aviv city centre. There's plenty to see - museums, monasteries, gardens, the flea market, and also some excellent seafood restaurants (always thinking of my stomach!) It's close enough to enjoy the nightlife and shops of Tel Aviv but a world away from its hustle and bustle and modern development.
Jaffa, or Yafa to give it its Arabic name, is definitely worth a separate page of its own and I'll build one once I've had a bit more of an explore around its old streets.
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St. Peters Church
One of the most or maybe the most beautiful of the chrchus in Old Jaffa.
This is a Roman Catholic CHurch, situated on the hill above the old port of Jaffa.
I must admit i went it and enjoyed sitting inside, it felt so relaxing being there... and the Christmas trees and angels were still litten.. that made it even much more nice !
The Church is open:
08:00 - 11:45 and 15:00 - 17:00 everyday
There are English, Spanish, Italian, German and Polish mass there depends on the days.
The Clock Tower
If you'll arrive to Old Jaffa you won't miss it, its just at the entry to Jaffa from Tel Aviv Direction (Northern Entrance).
The clock tower was erected in the plaza between the "saraya" palace and the "kishleh" prison, next to the Great Mosque, the Mosque of Mahmudiyyeh. The cornerstone was laid on 1.9.1900, on the occasion of the 25th year of the Sultan's rule. Two stories were completed by 1901, and the tower was dedicated in late 1903-early 1904.
Jaffa is claimed to be the oldest port in the world and was founded by Japhet, the son of biblical Noah. Early Egytian records show that it was conquered by Thutmose III in 1468 BCE. Similarly, archeological excavations in in old Jaffa have uncovered the the name of Ramses II, and was then in control of the Philistines. The Dan tribe settled briefly in Jaffa shortly after the Israelite conquest of Canaan. Later, conquered by King David, cedar trees from Jaffa were used in the building of King Solomon's original Temple in Jerusalem around 950 BCE. Archeological discoveries have shown remains from a Canaanite city, a Jewish city built at the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, a third century BCE wall, a statue of Aphrodite, Hasmonean ruins, and traces of Roman occupation. Following the Babylonian exile in the sixth century BCE, Jaffa came under the control of the Phoenecians and then the Greeks. It was these Hellenistic residents of the city who loaded the small Jewish community in boats and sank them during the Maccabean revolt in 165 BCE.
The Crusaders also came through Jaffa. Richard the Lion-Hearted built a citadel that was promptly taken away by Saladin's brother.The city regained its importance as a port in the nineteenth century. In the maze of streets the Armenian convent that served as a hospital for Napoleon's troops is still present. Napoleon stopped in Jaffa on his campaign through the country and, according to some sources, ordered 4,000 wounded soldiers to facilitate his withdrawal from the area...
In 1909, a group of Jews from Jaffa ,decided that they wanted to leave the narrow crowded streets of the town. They bought a stretch of sand dunes north of Jaffa and called it Ahuzat bayit, which became Tel Aviv. Soon Jaffa became a small village in comparison to the rapidly developing Tel Aviv area, which received city status in 1934. In 1950, Jaffa and Tel Aviv were officially combined into one city....
Jaffa Clock Tower
The Jaffa Clock Tower stands in the middle of Yefet Street at the northern entrance of Jaffa.
The tower was built to commemorate the silver jubilee of the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd al-Hamid II in 1906. The tower was built with contributions of the residents of the city, Arabs and Jews.
The tower incorporates two clocks and a plaque commemorating the Israelis killed in the battle for the town in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
Jaffa Historical Site
On March 7, 1799 Napoleon I of France captured Jaffa, ransacked it, and killed scores of local inhabitants. St. Peter's Church also contains thirteenth century remnants of St. Louis' citadel located outside and to the right of the sacristy.
The remnants include two whole rooms that Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have lived while he was at St. Peter's in 1799 during his campaign in Egypt and Syria.
Visit the "Wishing Bridge"
If you walk about 45 minutes from Tel Aviv along the beach, you'll reach old Jaffa (Yafo), an old Palestinian-Israeli city.
Walk up the hill to the church; there is a wonderful square with old houses, opposite the park, where also some Egyptian excavations can be seen, dating from the time, when the Egyptians settled there.Across the park you will find a bridge, crossing the street. There are all zodiac-signs fixed on the bridge. Just find yours, touch it, look over the sea, and make a wish. It should come true, as the story says.
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We walked from Tel Aviv to Jaffa through the promenade till we arrived to the old port, and walked along.
Some of the buildings are very interesting and also the combination with the old fishing harbour with the new shops ...
Love the mix between new and old...
St Peters Church
At the main square of Jaffa is San Peters church.
We came to Jaffa through the promenade till the harbour and from there, up the mountain to enjoy the views.
We arrived to this square where underneath is some archaeological remains and at our right was the church
Saint Peter Church
For the Christian among us...
At one side of Kikar kedumim stands the Franciscan Monastery of Saint Peter, which was built between 1888 and 1894 on the summit of Yafo's ancient hill. It was built over the ruins of a Crusader citadel. A monument to St. Louis stands today at the entrance to the friary. According to local tradition, Napoleon was accommodated here during his Yafo military campaign.
Opening Hours: 08.00 - 12.00, 15.00 - 18.00 or - 17.00 in winter.
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church is a Franciscan Church in Jaffa.
The church was built in 1654 in dedication to Saint Peter over a medieval citadel that was erected by Frederick II and restored by Louis IX of France at the beginning of the second half of the thirteenth century. However, in the late eighteenth century the church was twice destroyed and consequently twice rebuilt. The current structure was built between 1888 and 1894 and most recently renovated in 1903.
With its tall brick facade and towering belfry, St. Peter's Church is the single largest and most distinctive building in Old Jaffa.
Dear Old Jaffa
Please don't miss this place while you're in Israel. So old, so beautiful, so peaceful. I think that Old Jaffa is the only place in Israel where Palestine-Israeli conflict doesn't exist!! Yes, here Arabs and Jews live in peace, and quite enjoy it. There are a lot of good restaurants, most beautiful views on Tel Aviv, and a lot of historical attractions. And of course the famous Jaffa port. Don't be afraid walking through the narrow streets of old Jaffa, just please keep quiet, people still live there!
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Visit St Peters Church
St. Peter’s was built in 1654 over a medieval fortress. In the late eighteenth century it was twice destroyed, and the present building was completed in 1894. A room at the church reportedly hosted Napoleon Bonaparte when he came to the city in 1799.
The church is overlooking the old fishing port,its interior, with vaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, marble-covered walls and a huge painting over the altar of Peter's visitation by an angel, reminds of churches in Italy.
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