The Oldest Harbour in the World

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Seaports have always been of great strategic and economic importance, and are home to many of the world’s largest cities. The port of Jaffa, on the Mediterranean, is an ancient port, claiming to be the oldest port in the world. Jaffa is mentioned several times in the Bible and its history spans over 3,000 years.

The picturesque port of Jaffa, on the Mediterranean Sea south of Tel Aviv, is an ancient port, claiming to be the oldest port in the world, mentioned several times in the Bible, and has a history of over 3000 years.

Many of Jia’s legends are related to the story of Jonah and Pisces, the Greek mythology of the beautiful Andromeda, and its founder by Yafit, son of Noah, the captain of one of the most famous factions in history.

About 3,000 years ago, Jaffa served Egyptian and Phoenician sailors to build the Temple of King Solomon and the rice trade from Lebanon and as a port city for pilgrims heading to Jerusalem.

Throughout history, Jaffa has always been a very desirable city and has known invaders and rulers from all over the world. Everyone recognized the military importance of the area and each invaded it in order to gain control over and approach the Holy Land of Israel.

For centuries, control of the region has moved from one kingdom to another. Jaffa was occupied more than 20 times – by the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Babylonians, Palestinians, Assyrians, Maccabees, Seleucids, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Mongols, Mamluks, Ottomans, French and British.

Jaffa surrendered to King Richard the Lionheart in 1191, and the Ottomans in 1515, to French Napoleon in 1799, and to the British led by General Edmund Allenby who occupied Jaffa in November 1917.

The ancient city is today as it was at the time, rising from the sea as a castle on a hill, facing and making its mark against the waves of the Mediterranean. Over the years Jaffa has become famous for orange but not anymore.

The port continues to serve as a small fishing outlet, and currently serves as a recreational area with great restaurants, cafes and art galleries.

Many of Jia’s myths are related from the Greek mythology to the beautiful Andromeda which was chained to the rocks near Jaffa, to the story of Jonah and the whale, but the most important story of the foundation of Jaffa by the son of Noah, the most famous ark captain in history.

The port still serves today as a small fishing port, and currently serves as a recreational area with great restaurants and bars, a beach promenade surrounded by old city walls and a flea market.

With its narrow alleys, the ancient city of Jaffa now houses the picturesque Artists Quarter, a gold mine for visitors in a unique atmosphere, historical monuments, museums and galleries.

There is an ideal summer climate in Jaffa all year round which makes it a great place to visit.

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