The city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa is the cultural and business capital of modern Israel, the modern recreation of Israel since 1948 is one of the most significant prophetic events of history, since the First Coming of Jesus almost 2000 years ago. This vast metropolis is situated along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Today, Tel-Aviv-Jaffa houses a wide variety of restaurants, night-life, hotels, shopping, museums and the many other tourist activities expected from an urban metropolis of its size.
The city is comprised of two sections. Tel Aviv is the Jewish city that developed in the early 20th century as an extension of Jaffa prior to the establishment of the Jewish State. It is home to Independence Hall – the historic location at which Prime Minister David Ben Gurion declared the independence of the State of Israel in 1948. Also in Tel Aviv are the Diaspora Museum, which celebrates the history of the Jewish People through time and across the world, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and many other cultural sites connected to the modern State of Israel. Jaffa is an ancient port town that survived the many different rulers who at one time or other controlled the Holy Land. Today, it serves as one of Israel's few mixed cities with both Arab and Jewish residents, and houses synagogues, mosques and churches. Old Jaffa and the Jaffa Port are the city's major attractions. City tour buses that drive through both Tel Aviv and Jaffa are available daily.
Given its modern-day appeal and ideal location just twenty minutes away from the Ben Gurion International Airport, many Holy Land Christian tours make a one-night, short stop in Tel Aviv to learn about contemporary Israel. Most tours find Tel Aviv to be a convenient place to sleep on the night of arrival or prior to departure. With top-notch restaurants of every taste and style, Tel Aviv is an ideal location for festive farewell meals before a flight to conclude an once-in-a-lifetime Holy Land experience walking in the footsteps of Jesus through Jerusalem, Judea and the Galilee.
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