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The lovely Franciscan Parish Church of St. Joseph in Ramla is a landmark – Napoleon Bonaparte stayed here in 1799

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Ramla has had a Christian presence at least since the twelfth century, due to its traditional identification as Rama, the hometown of Joseph of Aramathea. It is a fascinating off-the-beaten track destination for Christian travelers.
 
Jews, Christians and Muslims live side-by-side in this city near Lydda, off the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway.


The lovely Franciscan parish church of St. Joseph is a landmark – Napoleon Bonaparte stayed here in 1799. The Great Mosque, near the colorful local market, is an almost perfectly preserved Crusader church, while the six-storey medieval White Tower is an architectural gem of global importance. It reveals a beautiful biblical view of the lowlands as well as a modern one - the tower of Ben-Gurion International Airport and the Weizmann Institute of Science are also visible from here. 

The adventurous should visit Ramla’s soon-to-reopen eighth-century water cistern, where they will be able to rent rowboats to paddle among the ancient arches. 

 

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