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“Jaffa, the Beautiful, the "Old City" of modern Tel Aviv”
Review of Saint Peter Church

Saint Peter Church
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US$91.79*
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Private Tour: Old Port of Jaffa, Tel Aviv City and Nalagaat Center
Ranked #43 of 279 things to do in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Having been made part of modern Tel Aviv, Jaffa has become the "Old City" of Tel Aviv. When the weather is fine, you can see many people coming in cars or even simply walking from Tel Aviv. Since Saint Peter's Church stands on a promontory, one has a good view of Tel Aviv and its coastlines from afar. One can easily reach it simply walking for an hour or so from the Central Bus Station, going through Shalma Street all the way to Jaffa at the Clock Tower, from which one goes up to the newly made park in old Jaffa. The church commemorates two principal events from the Acts of the Apostles, where it is said that Peter resuscitated Tabitha, who had died, and where he had the vision in the house of Simon the Tanner of a sheet of unclean animals coming down from the skies, signifying the universal embrace of the Christian faith. The church was built in 1650 although the actual one in a neo-classical style was done in late 19th century under the Patronage of Spain. The tower contains part of the bastion of the Crusaders of the XIII century while the convent preserves the room occupied by Napoleon Bonaparte on his way to Saint John in Acre. The church is open only from 08:00-11:45 and from 15:00-17:00. Together with the Catholic Church of Saint Anthony at Yefet Road, it serves as a center for religious activities of migrant workers (Polish, Latinos, Indians, Filipinos, some Africans) and even of a Hebrew-speaking community. Beside the church is a park and the Kedumim Square, where improvised tents are set up by sellers of souvenirs and foodstuff, especially during weekends. There are also restaurants, which are open even up to early evening. At night the place is well lit. As one moves south one can go through the barrio of artists and an archeological museum. One can also go to the old port. In the olden times before Haifa was developed as port, Jaffa served as the doorway to Israel/Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea. There is also a mosque tower below. Jaffa, the Beautiful, is a favorite for entire families especially on Shabbath afternoons. It has many amenities, restaurants and park nearby, souvenir booths during good weather, and well constructed stone steps.

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Inside this Barok church from the 19 th century which was built by the Queen of Spain one can enjoy a very unique atmosphere. The wall paintings tell the story form the New Testament. A must see !

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Reviewed 10 July 2012

St. Peter's Church in Old Jaffa has a commanding view of the sea and is interesting to view from the outside. I visited the area in early afternoon, and there was not indication of how to get inside the church to view its furnishings.

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Reviewed 27 June 2012

The area is very nice to visit during night and you can see a big piece of Tel Aviv during night.

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Reviewed 18 June 2012

It was a pleasant surprise to visit this church in the heart of Jewish and Muslim community.

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