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Tel Aviv Travel

Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa. The growth of Tel Aviv soon outpaced Jaffa, which was largely Arab at the time. Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel. Compared to Tel Aviv’s sleek, high-rise profile,Jaffa feels quite Middle Eastern with its Ottoman architecture and narrow windy streets.

The White City is a collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings built from the 1930s by German Jewish architects who immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine after the rise of the Nazis. Tel Aviv has the largest number of buildings in this style of any city in the world. In 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization proclaimed Tel Aviv's White City a World Cultural Heritage site, as "an outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century."

Tel Aviv is the richest city in Israel, home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Its beaches, bars, cafés, restaurants, upscale shopping, great weather and cosmopolitan lifestyle have led to it being a popular tourist destination. Tel Aviv has many museums, among which are the Eretz Israel Museum, known for its collection of archaeology and history exhibits dealing with the Land of Israel and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. On the campus of Tel Aviv University is the Beth Hatefutsoth, a museum of the international Jewish diaspora that tells the story of Jewish prosperity and persecution throughout the centuries of exile.

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