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This is view from Old Yaffa Port to Tel-Aviv direction.
The shot was taken as color photo, croped and converted to BW (see original resized image in my Workshop).

Yafo (Jaffa) - The colourful southern quarter of Tel Aviv combines the vibrancy of Israel's cultural and commercial centre with the exotica and history of thousands of years. With its port and ancient quarter, it is the second-oldest of the walled cities cited in the Bible and even figures in Greek mythology, Mishnaic history, and through to the present day.

Jaffa is mentioned as far back as the 16th century BCE, referred to as Yapou in an Egyptian source. It was probably Phoenician in origin, and Pliny attributed its name to Joppa, the daughter of Aliolos, about 4000 BCE. Jewish tradition, however, holds that Yafet, one of the sons of Noah, founded it after the flood. This gives it the name of Yafo, "the beautiful," while it also has been known, variously as Joppe (Greek), Joppa (Roman) and Yafa (Arabic).

During the First-Temple Period, Jaffa was a vibrant Jewish centre. Its port, via which Jonah fled from his obligations to God, was the gateway through which the cedars of Lebanon passed, on their way to become part of the First Temple in Jerusalem, and the area was renowned for the fabulous vineyards of King Solomon. During the rebellion against the Romans, however, the Jewish population was largely wiped out, and many peoples, filled its consequent history from the Crusaders to Napoleon, followed by the Egyptians, the Turks, and the British.

Through the Talmudic and Mishnaic periods, notable sages made Jaffa their home. For years, though, the only Jewish presence in the city primarily consisted of those landing at the port, passing through it on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem. In 1820, however, with the construction of a new Sephardic synagogue, a Jewish community was re-established in the city. Eventually, this led to the establishment of the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood in the late 1800s, which included the construction of schools and a hospital.
(from Tel Aviv - History)

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