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- Tour number: 95
This private tour of Tel Aviv focuses on the city as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Tel Aviv was awarded UNESCO status for its abundance of buildings of the International Style and Bauhaus style. With more than 4,000 buildings of this unique style, Tel Aviv is nicknamed the White City. Join our local tour guide for a walk through the White City.
Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus and International style buildings than any other city in the world. Your tour guide will show you the finest examples and most beautiful structures in the city. Learn how the European Bauhaus style was adapted to suit the Israeli climate, culture, and way of life. Your guide will tell you a bit about the city’s humble beginnings in 1909, and how Sir Patrick Geddes created a master plan for Tel Aviv’s layout.
Walk through the city, spotting the distinctive architecture. Learn how the buildings were designed by Jewish Bauhaus architects who fled war-torn Europe in the 1930s-40s for the Promised Land. By the end of the tour, you’ll know how to recognize the different architectural features. And you’ll have a better understanding of Tel Aviv’s culture and architectural heritage.
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This tour of Tel Aviv’s architectural highlights starts when you meet your private guide on Maze Street. Take a walk through the streets of Tel Aviv, and see examples of the city’s unique International Style, Eclectic Style, and Bauhaus Style buildings. On this tour, you’ll learn about the early days of the White City, over 100 years ago. Many of the historic buildings of Tel Aviv are white, which earned it the name “White City.”
Tel Aviv was recognized by UNESCO for its special architecture and the city planning of streets, squares, and avenues in the historic zone. Your guide will tell you about the distinctive architectural characteristics. Learn about the asymmetry, simplicity, and functionality of Bauhaus architecture. See the white International Style buildings with flat roofs, rounded windows, distinctive banisters, and balconies. Your guide will point out the machine and boat motifs that are characteristic of this style.
Continue your tour of the city to Rothschild Boulevard. Today the magnificent buildings on Rothschild are home to trendy restaurants and boutique stores. Down the middle of the boulevard is an island with leafy trees, bike paths, fountains, and benches.
Your guide will take you to Montefiore Street where you’ll see the Eclectic Style Pagoda House and more Bauhaus buildings. The streets of Tel Aviv’s historic zone are like an open-air museum. Almost every building you’ll see has some distinguishing feature. And with a knowledgeable guide to show you around you’ll see the best of the White City.
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