A tour in Ramla Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Hike   |   Itinerary duration: About- 3 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
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A few interesting places to visit in the city of Ramla, which provide a peek at Ramla as the first Arab city that was founded in Israel and at life in it today.
Itinerary properties:   ●  Families  ●  City trip   ●   Non-circular tour
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When it appears in front of one’s eyes, one cannot ignore it, and the closer one gets to it, the greater is the impression that it makes. The White Tower in Ramla, also known as the Tower of the Forty, stands strong, shines in its lightness, and rises to the height of about 30 meters above its surroundings. Above its entrance is found an inscription with its date of construction: 1318. this is in fact the minaret of an elegant white Mamluk mosque which used to stand here. About 120 spiral steps climb up to the top of the White Tower and provide views of the area. And even if you do not want to climb up, it is recommended to sit down at the feet of the White Tower for a short while and just relax. The White Tower is located near Ramla’s Cultural Center on Dani Mass Street.
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This place has quite a few names: the Terra Santa Convent, the Franciscan Convent and even the St. Joseph of Arimathea Convent and the St. Nicodemus Convent. And multiple names usually attest to a rich tradition. A small alley leads to the convent which also includes a church. And in the church there is a surprise: an original wall painting by Titian, the Renaissance artist, which describes Jesus being taken down from the cross. The painting itself was donated in the 19th century by the city of Madrid. The Terra Santa Convent began as an initiative of the Franciscans in 1396. According to Christian belief, Ramla is the place where Joseph of Arimathea, one of Jesus’ disciples, lived. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, both took Jesus down from the cross. Even Napoleon stayed here during his stay in the Holy Land. The church and convent in their present form were rebuilt at the end of the 19th century. It is recommended to go in, walk around the church and look at the impressive wall painting. The Terra Santa Convent is located on 1 Bialik Street.

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First of all, visitors to the Ramla Market should lower their expectations in regard to the aesthetic aspect of this rich and famous market which has many visitors. It is true that the Ramla Market offers numerous and varied surprises but it is not for the dainty. In any event, in 2010 the first stage in the project of upgrading and covering the Ramla Market began, which will alter the shopping experience here but on the other hand perhaps change as well its level of authenticity. The Ramla Market started its activity in the beginning of the 20th century and today it is mainly open on Wednesdays when many come to visit it. In this vibrant complex one can find a few humus places and small market restaurants and it offers for sale for pretty cheap prices fruits, vegetables, pastries, spices (many of which are from India and North Africa), clothes, shoes and more. One can access the Ramla Market through Jabotinsky Street.
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Al-Omari Mosque in Ramla, better known as the "Great Mosque”, started its existence as the luxurious and highly decorated cathedra named after John the Baptist, which was built in the 12th century. However, During Ramla’s conquest by the Mamluk Ruler Baibars (1260), the conquerors decided to turn the structure into a mosque. Thus this place was renovated and furnished with a minbar (the raised platform from which the Imam addresses the congregation, a mihrab (a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of praying), various inscriptions written on doorposts, a great paved courtyard, and, of course, a tall minaret. In the courtyard of the Al-Omari Mosque, or "Great Mosque”, is also found a sheikh’s tomb which features a stone dome and is identified as the burial place of Shihab al-Din, one of Saladin’s senior military men. The Al-Omari Mosque is an active mosque and one can visit it.
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