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Old Jaffa (Joppa)

Jaffa is one of the oldest cities in the world, whose history dates back several hundred centuries.

The city belonged to the Egyptians, Philistines, Jews, Persians, Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks, Turks, and every nation has left its mark on the history of the city.

According to legend, it was at this point the biblical Noah built his ark, where the shore was chained to a rock lovely Andromeda, but the brave and noble Perseus rescued her, hence the apostle Peter began his missionary work, and here he raised a girl named Tabitha, hence sailed prophet Jonah, refusing to fulfill the divine decree.

There are several versions of the name of this city. According to legend, the name of the city is connected with the name of one of Noah’s sons – Jaffet who built the port after the flood.

According to another version, the name comes from the Hebrew “Jaffa” – “beautiful.”

Jaffa port – one of the oldest ports in the world, with more than four thousand years. Jaffa history is closely linked with the Pharaoh Thutmose, a Jew, Judas Maccabees, the sultan of Egypt and Syria who name is Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, the Mamelukes, Napoleon …

Old Jaffa are attracted not only by the history. Restaurants and cafes of Old Jaffa offers a tasty snack seafood.

Shady narrow streets of the old city are the names of the Zodiac! Anyone can walk on their street. At every turn – the studio of the artist or sculptor, and a small showroom, where you can buy original, works of authorship.

In the old streets of Jaffa hidden a lot of shops where a relatively small amount of money to buy ornaments and author of the square is always crowded and fun to play, and street musicians.

Hardly anyone will pass a small bridge, which is called a “bridge desires”

On its rails are all the signs of the zodiac. Find your mark and make a wish – it will come true!

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