Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv: non stop city

Tel Aviv, Israel's largest city, was founded over a hundred years ago on the sand dunes of the Sharon Plain. Today it is the hub of Israeli metropolitan life.

History of Tel Aviv

The neighborhoods of Florentine, Neve Tzedek, Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street are where the city was started in 1909 by a group of sixty-six Jewish families who gathered on a sand dune to parcel out the land by lottery. The town was initially named Ahuzat Bayit. The name was changed to Tel Aviv (“Spring Hill”) in 1910. During World War I, most Jewish families were expelled from the city. They returned after the war and the population grew throughout the 1920s. In 1948, two days before Israel’s independence was declared, Tel Aviv was captured by the Jews in response to Arab shelling. It was in the home of Meir Dizengoff, the city’s mayor, that David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel’s independence on May 14th, 1948. Today, Independence Hall can be visited.

What is in Tel Aviv today?

The first modern Jewish city, Tel Aviv is a microcosm of Israel, a focus of business and technology, a tourism resort on the beautiful Mediterranean coast, an attraction for its active night life, and for its renowned entertainment and cultural centers. Its extensive sprawling suburban residential areas are an expression of its importance in the life of the nation.

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