Tel Aviv’s White City

November 21, 2012 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Top Attractions, Travel Tips

View of the White City

View of the White City. Photo courtesy of Omanoot.com via Flickr.

Founded well before the establishment of the State of Israel (nearly 40 years prior, in fact), Tel Aviv is easily one of the most populous and influential cities in the country. It is also a terrific place to visit as it is home to dazzling viewpoints, a vibrant beach scene, jumping nightlife, flea markets and shopping centers, and a collection of noteworthy museums and cultural destinations.

Among the most significant attractions is the so-called “White City,” the world’s largest assemblage of Bauhaus or International style buildings, popularized by Jewish architects who had fled to the region from Germany in the early 1930s. Designed specifically to adapt to the scorching climate (light colors, raised foundations, strategically placed windows, etc.), the style also integrates the greater neighborhood into an organic whole in a way that is truly striking. You don’t have to be an architecture aficionado to enjoy a visit to this famous site. In 2003, UNESCO named Tel Aviv a World Heritage Site, in particular for the presence of the more than 4,000 Bauhaus structures.

There have been various art installations and exhibitions dedicated to the neighborhood over the years, so take to care to check event and gallery listings scheduled during the course of your stay. Whenever you visit, you can at least avail yourself of the Bauhaus Museum on Bialik Street that was opened in 2010. The museum is only open two days a week (Wednesday, 11am to 5pm and Friday, 10am to 2pm), but you won’t want to miss it.

- John Reality

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