Old Jaffa is a centre for tourism, history, culture and art, offering authentic and unique leisure activities to the general public, and is an active and lively place to visit, as well as a magnet for foreign and domestic tourists.
Jaffa is one of the oldest port cities in the Land of Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Ever since it was first settled, it has been strongly linked to historical events that occurred in the Land of Israel in particular and the eastern basin of the Mediterranean in general. It was built on the Ram cliff, jutting out over the coastline into the sea, and the port is located at its foot.
We can learn about its history from both historical sources and excavations that have been conducted in and around Jaffa.
In 1950, Jaffa and Tel Aviv were united as one city: Tel Aviv - Jaffa.
In 1960, the Old Jaffa Development Company was established by the Israeli Government and the Tel Aviv Municipality, with the aim of building and rehabilitating the Tel Jaffa area.
The Company set as its goal to develop of Old Jaffa as a centre for art, tourism and entertainment, and to turn it into one of Israel’s main tourist centres.
In 1961 the Jaffa Museum was opened to the public (today the Museum of Antiquities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa), in the old Saraya building (also known as the Damiani family’s soap factory).
In 1993 a Visitor Centre was opened in Kedumim Square, containing the remains of ancient buildings. In 2011 the Visitor Centre was re-opened under the name ‘Pictures of Jaffa’, containing an archaeological exhibition with exhibits from most of Jaffa’s historical periods, as well as animated film of the story of Andromeda and a giant display of stories from the city.
To the Old Jaffa website