number of interesting walks with stops at sites of interest and
importance to the development of Tel Aviv and also Israel can be enjoyed
in the area of the old port. The old wharf is located near the port
entrance, just opposite the main Yordei Hasira Street gate, which
operated during the 1930’s. Walk along the old wharf, look at the
impressive entrance that was built as part of the marina, and at the
breakwaters some distance away. Then return to the entrance area and
stroll through the renovated parts of the port, comprised of large old
bonded warehouses that are accommodated nowadays by impressive fashion
houses, restaurants and cafes. A short walk north will take you to the
new wooden deck. Continue north for about 300 meters more and you will
reach the Yarkon Estuary, one of Tel Aviv’s most unique sites, where the
Yarkon River meets the Mediterranean Sea.
footbridge there, which connects the old Reading power station to the
Tel Aviv Port, replaced an earlier bridge, functioned until the 1970’s
as a bridge for vehicular traffic. It is known as Wauchope Bridge, in
honor of British High Commissioner to Palestine and Transjordan Arthur
Wauchope between 1931 and 1938, during the time of the British Mandate.
Cross the bridge and immediately you will notice a marble statue to your
left. It was erected by British and Australian troops in 1917 to mark
their crossing of the Yarkon when the Land of Israel was captured from
the Ottoman Turks during World War I. Currently, this area of the city
is undergoing renovations.
of interest here are the excavations at a tel (Tel Kudadi), from
biblical times. Situated on the northern banks of the Yarkon River, it
was first excavated in 1937, and the remains of two impressive Iron Age
fortresses have been unearthed there.
if an art exhibition is on display - something that happens on an
irregular basis from time to time - enter Reading’s old turbine room.
Reading, situated opposite the statue and the tel, was Tel Aviv’s very
first large hydro-electric power station. It was established in 1937 and
used Yarkon River water to cool its turbines. The site’s turbine room
is used nowadays to house temporary art exhibitions, which take place
there from time to time.
back over the bridge and continue south for about 50 meters, in the
direction of Maccabi Stadium, Israel’s first large sports stadium, which
was constructed in 1932 to host competitions for the first Maccabi
“Jewish Olympics games. It was built on sand dunes provided by the
British mandatory government and it could accommodate approximately 5000
seated spectators and about 15,000 standees.
short five-minute walk to the south will bring you to Tel Aviv’s old
fairgrounds, where the “Oriental Exhibition,” one of the city’s major
attractions at the time, was inaugurated in 1934 to mark the 50th
anniversary of the city of Tel Aviv, with the participation of
exhibitors from 30 countries. The entrance square to the fairgrounds is
called Plumer Square, in honor of Herbert Plumer, another British high
commissioner who, like Wauchope, harbored positive sentiments to Jewish
interests in Mandatory Palestine. A statue of a flying camel, the logo
for the 1934 fair, adorns a flagpole standing at the main entrance.
The Article courtesy of Ilan Shchori, a journalist who has been researching the history of Tel Aviv for many years. http://www.mytelaviv.co.il