Ramla

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Ramla is a city in central Israel, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was the only new city to be founded within the current boundaries of Israel during about 1,200 years of Muslim rule - in all other cases, they built on top of preexisting cities. Today it has a mixed Arab and Jewish population of 66,000 people.

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White tower of Ramla, built in 1318
Arches Pool
Terra Santa convent in Ramla
The inside of the Great mosque of Ramla
Bags, cigarettes and dried fruit in Ramla's market
British military cemetery in Ramla

Buses run frequently from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Modiin, and other cities in central Israel, as well as Beer Sheva.

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The city is just 3km from end to end, and flat, so walking is sufficient.

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  •   Tower of Ramla (the White Tower). was built in the 13th century. It served as the minaret of the White Mosque (al-Masjid al-Abyad) erected by Caliph Suleiman in the 8th century CE, of which only remnants remain today. The tower is six-stories high, with a spiral staircase of 119 steps. You may be able to walk up to the top, where there are great views of the Tel Aviv area.
  •   Arches Pool. An underground water reservoir with impressive arches holding up its roof. Built in the 8th century. You can get in a rowboat and paddle underground between the arches. Highly recommended, especially on hot days, as the pool remains cool. 14NIS.
  •   Great Mosque (Al-Omri Mosque),  08-9225081. Built as a Crusader church, this building was converted into a mosque by the Mameluks, and is still used as a mosque today. The building is quite impressive. Call ahead of time to arrange a visit. 7NIS.
  •   Ramla Museum. Describes Ramla's history. The building, from 1922, incorporates elements of Arab architecture such as arched windows and patterned tiled floors, and is the former municipal headquarters of the British Mandatory authorities.
  • Franciscan Church - it houses Israel's only painting by Tizian
  • The Hospice of St. Nicodemus and St. Joseph of Arimathea on Ramla's main boulevard, Herzl Street, is easily recognized by its clock-faced, square tower. It belongs to the Franciscan church. Napoleon used the hospice as his headquarters during his Palestine campaign in 1799.
  • The old turkish City next to the market is an abandoned area of old buildings (an inhabitant said, turks lived to use there) which is full of dirt and trash. It's interesting to see!
  •   British military cemetery.

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  •   Ramla's marketJabotinsky street.
  •   Ramla Mall1 David Raziel street 08-6701111fax: 08-9106170. The mall is also known as Azrieli Ramla Mall. Su Th 09:30-22:00,F 09:00-15:30,Sa 20:00-23:00.

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Routes through Ramla
Rishon LeZion  W ISR-HW431.png E  Modi'in
Tel Aviv , JaffaHolon  W ISR-HW44.png E  Beit Shemesh


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