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Israel's Famous Landmarks: 6 Must-See Spots in Tel Aviv

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Israelis pose for pictures on their wedding day at the old port of Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv. (Jonathan Nackstand/AFP/Getty Images, file)

By    |   Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 02:56 PM

If Jerusalem is Israel’s holy city, Tel Aviv is its party city, though it does have some famous landmarks. Just 44 miles apart, the two couldn’t be more different. After a day of spiritual sight-seeing, Tel Aviv is the place to cut loose and hit the beaches, restaurants, and nightlife.

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Here are six must-see spots in Tel Aviv:

1. The Tayalet is a pedestrian-only, beachfront boardwalk along the Mediterranean Sea that offers bicylists and walkers a chance to take in 3 miles of sights from the Old Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa. On one side, tourists can access hotels, restaurants and bars, while the other side offers views of the sea and sandy strolls across beaches like the Gordon-Frishman Beach.

2. Neve Tzedek has been likened to New York’s SoHo neighborhood. The trendy area includes eclectic boutiques, one-of-a-kind cafes, and edgy art galleries. Situated about halfway between downtown Tel Aviv and Jaffa, Neve Tzedek is one of the the city’s original settlements and is noted for beautifully restored homes, murals, and a bohemian vibe. The neighborhood is home to some of the city’s premier art galleries, including the Rokach House and the Suzanne Dellal Center, home of the Bat Sheva Dance Company.

3. The ancient city of Jaffa is just south of Tel Aviv and is among the city’s most well-known Biblical tourist attractions. The city is widely believed to have been named for Japhet, the son of Noah, who is credited with its reconstruction after the flood. Jaffa is also known as the city where Jonah’s whale adventure began. Regional lore also says the Apostle Peter performed miracles in Jaffa. Though historically significant, Jaffa’s narrow alleyways are now home to a flea market-like setting with vendors selling everything from jewelry to local cuisine.

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4. The Old Tel Aviv Port served as Israel’s main freight terminal from the 1930s to when it closed down in the 1960s. Over the past 50 years, the port area has been revitalized into a popular entertainment district with wooden docks sporting bars, cafes, and restaurants with spectacular seaside views.

5. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is counted among Israel’s top artistic institutions. The museum presents paintings, drawings, and sculptures dating to the 16th century. The building’s architecture draws tourists to the heart of Tel Aviv in the Mahane Rabin neighborhood.

6. The White City district in central Tel Aviv gets its nickname from the cream-colored walls of its Bauhaus architecture. Known for its asymmetric design that uses clean geometric shapes, the city contains the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world. Jewish immigrants from Germany brought the architecture to the city in the 1930s. On Rothschild Boulevard, many Bauhaus buildings now house modern cafés and shops.

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If Jerusalem is Israel's holy city, Tel Aviv is its party city, though it does have some famous landmarks. Just 44 miles apart, the two couldn't be more different.
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