Strolling these ancient streets is a fascinating and necessary step toward understanding this country's turbulent history.

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Old Town Jaffa

Here's where it all began.

Tel Aviv has its origins in the streets of the old Jaffa quarter, in the south of the city, where the first settlement grew up more than 3,000 years ago around a seaport-one of the oldest known ports in the world. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, this citadel has changed over the course of its history repeatedly between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and so strolling its lanes and byways makes for a fascinating tour of international history and civilisations. Landmarks include the Ottoman-era clock tower, Mahmoudiya Mosque, and 19th-century St. Peter's Church. Another Old Town highlight is Gan HaPisga, an enormous park where you'll find several archaeological sites and a brilliant view over the city and coast.

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