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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