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We were about to meet Caesarea, an ancient port built by King Herod and now located about 40 km from Tel Aviv. As soon as you enter the territory of Caesarea National Park, it becomes clear that this is not just separate archaeological excavations, but a real city where you can walk for more than one day. No wonder tourists are offered several routes. From a very quick acquaintance for one or two hours to a long walk lasting 6 hours with an examination of the numerous historical and archaeological sights of this wonderful place.
Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea from the bays between the mouths of the Crocodile Stream and the Hadera River, the city was undoubtedly once incredibly beautiful. Continue reading
The city of Haifa, spread out on the slopes of Mount Carmel, is very interestingly arranged – in several tiers. The lower city by the sea and the port, by the way, the largest port in Israel are business and office areas. Along the sea, modern buildings of glass and concrete glisten in the sun, adjacent to real slums. Old, shabby, abandoned houses with empty dark eye sockets of windows very close by. This area does not look so because of mismanagement. It arose at the very beginning of the 20th century, even under the Turks. Muslim Arabs lived here, who left their homes after the 1948 War of Independence. In Israel, there is a law under which owners of abandoned property have the right to return it to themselves no later than 50 years later. Of course, none of the former residents is going to return, and does not have such an opportunity. Continue reading
Today, Acre is a very vibrant city, in the east is vain and colorful. This is especially noticeable in the narrow streets of the old city, in the bazaar and near the port. A tourist should tune in advance to the fact that in the historical center he will not find a tinted tourist area with neat signs at ancient monuments. Ordinary people live in the old center, mainly Arabs, and many houses are built literally on the remains of the former city.
In fact, Acre consists of several cities at once, sprouted one into another, you know, like a Russian nesting doll: removed the cap, and there is another doll with a new face, and each next with its own character. Such is Acre. Continue reading