History of Jaffa

Jaffa, Hovering on top of a hill overseeing the Mediterranean Sea, is the oldest port in the holy land and one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean.  Strategically located on the crossroads of the country, and due to its natural advantage, a hill above a bay and an extremely fertile soil, the city was the center of historical events for over 1000 years.

In its long and magnificent history, which dates back to the 15th century B.C the city witnessed the rule of different civilizations. The Egyptian Pharaohs, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Mamluks and Ottomans, had all their eras of power over the city, with several destructions and constructions,  the city was left with an amazing diversified heritage which could be seen all around the city.

The Jaffa Port

A unique mixture of ancient and new, this 3000 thousand year old port is the heart of the city of Jaffa.


The Jaffa Clock Tower

Was built in 1906 in honor of the Turkish Sultan Al-Hamid’s 25th year in power. 


Jaffa Mosque and the Fountain.

Also called Al Mahmoudiyyeh Mosque is the largest Mosque in Jaffa. It was restored in 1820 by Mahmoud Abu-Nabut, the Ottoman ruler who rebuilt Jaffa that we know today after Napoleon destroyed the city.


St. Peter's Monastery

Built in dedication to Saint Peter, the Roman Catholic Church built in the 17th century on top of a midlevel citadel, which was, in turn, built on top of the original settlement's acropolis.


Jaffa Flea Market

Jaffa Flea Market is a market of handmade and secondhand items, also a traditional place to buy Arabic pottery and ceramic items. Bargaining is the name of the game in this market where also antiques and unique ancient items could be purchased.

HaPisgah Gardens

This park offers a panoramic view of the city of Tel Aviv. Linking the gardens to the center of Old Jaffa is the Wishing Bridge