resting boats at the Jaffa port

Ronsho

Joined June 2010

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a beautiful morning at the historic port of Jaffa overlooking the colorful resting boats ready to sail in the Mediterranean sea.

Jaffa always served as a port city for pilgrims heading to Jerusalem and the old port of Jaffa claims to be the oldest port in the world, mentioned several times in the bible and its history is spanning over 3000 years.

Many legends are related to Jaffa from the story of Jonah and the whale, Greek legends of the beautiful Andromeda, and its foundation by Japhet, the son of Noah, captain of one of the most famous arks in history.
Some 3000 years ago Jaffa served Egyptian and Phoenician sailors for construction of King Solomons Temple and for trade of cedars from Lebanon.

Through the history, Jaffa was always a very desired city and knew conquerors and rulers from all over the world. All realized the military importance of the area and each conquered it in order to gain control and approach to the Holy Land of Israel.
For centuries, the control of the area passed from one kingdom to another. Jaffa had been conquered more than than 20 times

The port is still functional as a small fishing port, and currently serves as a recreational zone featuring cool restaurants, cafes and art galleries.

more of my photos of Israel are here:
http://ron-shoshani.fineartamerica.com/

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