Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 30 n° 340

“Independence Trail” is located in one of the most central spots in Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 aprile 2018

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, the Israel Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage are proud to inaugurate a new national heritage site in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. Independence Trail invites visitors to discover some of the nation’s most significant historical monuments and explore its cultural and national heritage. The new 1km walking route will bring two stories to life that are central to the story of modern Israel: The birth of Tel Aviv, the first Jewish, self-governed, Hebrew speaking city, in 1909; and how Tel Aviv would make way for the birth of the State of Israel 39 years later in 1948, fulfilling a 2,000-year-old dream.The streets along the Trail and its surrounding area are home to hundreds of technological companies, dozens of restaurants, cafes and bars, the Israeli Stock Exchange, global and national bank headquarters, art galleries and posh residences. Yet the historic importance of this area far exceeds its current-day popularity, and in many ways is the reason for it: at this very spot, two crucial founding acts took place: the birth of Tel Aviv in 1909; and the birth of Israel itself at 1948. On Israel’s 70th Independence Day these two stories will come to life as Independence Trail will be launched.The building of the Trail demanded extensive infrastructure work that has been carried out in the past months including the implementation of a unique lighting system that allows visitors to walk along the trail at night. “Independence Trail” was inspired by the “Freedom Trail” in Boston, one of the most popular heritage sites in the United States. Visitors are invited to experience the history with a unique mobile app, and at each historical spot interactive information pages will appear on the visitor’s device, explaining the point of interest and providing rich historical content and background on the surrounding area. Alternatively, visitors can guide themselves using a map in 8 languages (Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese and Russian). Independence Trail will be open free of charge 24/7.The Trail begins at the First Kiosk of Tel Aviv at the intersection of Rothschild Blvd. and Herzl Street, and continues along Rothschild past the Nahum Gutman Fountain, The home of Akiva Aryeh Weiss, The Shalom Meir Tower (former site of the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, the first Hebrew-speaking high school), The Great Synagogue, the Hagana Museum, The Bank of Israel’s Visitor Center, the Tel Aviv Founders Monument, the Meir Dizengoff statue and Independence Hall which served as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, at the time of the historic ceremony where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.

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