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First View of Jaffa

The best way to make friends with Jaffa is to begin by foot from the Clock Tower Square. Here you meet the New Saraya and the Greek Orthodox Market, continue by way of the Mahmoudiya Mosque and the Old Saraya the wonderful panorama of the Mediterranean coast north to Tel Aviv. A short walk with a lot of tourist value – and a lot of restaurants!

First View of Jaffa

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Jaffa

This clock tower was built in 1901 in Jaffa’s town square, one of seven clock towers built in “Israel” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the reign of the Turkish sultan Abdul Hamid the Second.

Clock Tower, Jaffa
Clock Tower, Jaffa

The (New) Saraya (Ottoman governor’s palace) was built in the 1890s that replace the Old Saraya building which now houses the Museum. Before the War of Independence this was the headquarters of the Arab insurgents. The Saraya was destroyed by a truck bomb place by the Lechi forces.

Saraya, Jaffa
Saraya, Jaffa
Saraya - Earlier stage of renovation
Saraya – Earlier stage of renovation

 

Saraya Resoration
Saraya Resoration
Saraya Resoration
Saraya Resoration
Ottoman Police Station and Prison opposite Saraya, Jaffa
Ottoman Police Station and Prison opposite Saraya, Jaffa
Ottoman Police Station and Prison opposite Saraya, Jaffa
Ottoman Police Station and Prison opposite Saraya, Jaffa

Greek Orthodox Market

Greek Orthodox Market
Greek Orthodox Market
Greek Orthodox Market
Greek Orthodox Market – Tau + Phi means taphos or sepulchre – symbol of Greek Orthodox Church

 

Mahmoudiya Mosque

This is the largest Mosque in Jaffa. The mosque was built by Abu Nabbut, the governor of Jaffa, over an ancient mosque between 1812-1814.

Sibil Fountain at Mahmoudiya Mosque
Sibil Fountain at Mahmoudiya Mosque

 

Sibil Fountain at Mahmoudiya Mosque
Sibil Fountain at Mahmoudiya Mosque

 

Mahmoudiya Mosque built by Muhammad Abu-Nabbut
Mahmoudiya Mosque built by Muhammad Abu-Nabbut

 

Mahmoudia Mosque
Mahmoudiya Mosque

 

Mahmoudia Mosque
Mahmoudiya Mosque

 

Entrance to Mahmoudia Mosque
Entrance to Mahmoudiya Mosque

 

Inside Mahmoudia Mosque
Inside Mahmoudiya Mosque

 

Ottoman Sultan's signature
Ottoman Sultan’s signature

 

Recently restored Well near Mahmoudiya Mosque
Recently restored ״sibil” Well near Mahmoudiya Mosque

 

Ancient Jaffa City Wall

This photo was taken at the Jerusalem Gate (Abu Nabbut Gate) which leads to the main road to Jerusalem. The yellow stones mark the gate in the city wall. The remains of the city wall were covered.

The yellow stones mark the ancient entrance to Jaffa and the wall around the city.
The yellow stones mark the ancient entrance to Jaffa and the wall around the city.

 

 

Jaffa wall
Jaffa wall was here

 Assarayah al Atiqa

The Soap Factory Compound was erected on foundations from the crusader era. The Old Saraya was built in the 18th century as the seat of the Ottoman governor. Later called the Assarayah al Atiqa, it served also as a post office and guard house after the construction of the new Saraya governor’s house in the Clock Tower Square. In 1733 part of the building was purchased by the Demiani family, a Christian family of Jaffa, and converted to be used as a soap factory. Abandoned during the War of Independence, the Jaffa Museum of Antiquities was established in it. In another part of the structure the Arab-Hebrew Theater functions, and its western section is closed and unused.

Assarayah al Atiqa
Assarayah al Atiqa

 

Assarayah al Atiqa
Assarayah al Atiqa

 

Assarayah al Atiqa
Assarayah al Atiqa
Assarayah al Atiqa
Assarayah al Atiqa

Panorama North to Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
The Etzel Museum in Tel Aviv
The Etzel Museum in Tel Aviv
The Hassan Bek Mosque
The Hassan Bek Mosque

 

Coastal Cannons, Jaffa
Coastal Cannons, Jaffa
Coastal Cannons, Jaffa
Coastal Cannons, Jaffa
Coastal Cannons, Jaffa
Coastal Cannons, Jaffa
Bayit al Hayam
Bayit al Hayam – Here stood the infamous local brothel – now a wedding hall

 

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