Ancient Safed Landmarks

Old City Stones - Ancient Safed Landmarks

Citadel Ruins (Metzuda)

 

Citadel Park was once part of the largest ancient Crusader fortress ruins from the 12th century in the Middle East is the highest point in central Tzfat with a summit (834 meters) high.

The bishop of Marsilles funded the construction of the fortress for about $40 million in today's dollars. One of the remaining inner walls of the fortress can been seen on Hativat Yiftah Street where a path ascends up to a dark 30 meter tunnel that leads into an ancient stone cistern. Visitors can explore other trails that head up the ridge providing astounding panoramic 360 views of the Sea of Galilee when viewed to the east and Mt. Meron when you look to the west.

 

Address: Chativat Yiftach Street, Safed (Tzfat), Israel

Hours: 24 hours

 

Former British Police Station

The former British police was constructed during the late 1930's as a security post used a barrier between the Jewish and Arab quarters (Ma'alot Ha Gardom stairs). Riddled with bullet holes, the result of Arab-Jewish skirmishing in May 1948. The former British police station also served as the headquarters during the British Mandate for Arab and Jewish police.

 

Address: Jerusalem Street, Safed (Tzfat), Israel

Hours: 24 hours

 

Pillbox Guardhouse

The British used a pillbox Guardhouse during the British Mandate and the War of independence after a hard fought battle that took place between the Jewish fighting Haganah the Arab forces after the British evacuation of Tzfat in spring 1948.

 

Address: Jerusalem Street, Safed (Tzfat), Israel

Hours: 24 hours

 

Red Mosque & Mamluk Mausoleum

The Red Mosque is the few of the remains from traditional Arab Architecture of the Old Arab Quarter. Is a 13th century old reminder of the area's past Islamic heritage. 

Sultan Beibars constructed the Red Mosque in 1276 after he conquered Safed from the Crusaders in 1266. The Red Mosque (Jama'ael Akhmar) features a Mamluk structure and was the largest mosque in the Old City of Tzfat.

The mausoleum is a Mameluke burial plot dating back to the 14th century that was constructed for Tzfat governor Mutfur A-din Mussa Eben Haj Arokati in 1372. The Mameluke burial plot served as a mausoleum for burials until the beginning of the 20th century. Visitors will notice 3 Mameluke inscriptions in the southern wall near the main entrance. Today, the building was renovated by the Free Masons to use as their meeting place.

 

Address: Safed, (Tzat), Israel

Hours: 24 hours

 

The Davidka Memorial

Davidka Memorial is located about 50 meters south of City Hall takes us back in time when the Davika mortar played a major role in the Haganah liberation of Tzfat from Arab forces who were closing in to slaughter the Jews. The amplified noise of the Davidka followed by rain caused a major panic among the Arabs who fled the city who were lead to believe there was an atomic bomb went off. Visitors will find at the memorial a free audio guide explains what happened during the liberation of Tzfat from Arab forces in 1948. 

 

Address: Jerusalem Street, Safed (Tzfat), Israel

Hours: 24 hours

 

The Great Stairs

The Great Stairs also known as the "Maalot Oleh HaGardom" that features several hundred stairs that was used by the British to separate the Arab and Jewish quarters before 1948. Today, visitors use the stairs to ascend from ancient Artist Quarter to Historical Jerusalem Street a few meters from the Davidka monument. 

 

Address: Artist Quarter, Tzfat

Hours: 24 Hours

 

Saraya (Edith Wolfson Community Center)

The Saraya is about 300 years old and is one of Safed historical landmarks that are worth visiting. 

The large two-story building features a clock that chimes every hour that is located just outside the Artists Quarter. This is the first view that visitors see just before they enter the Old City of Safed (Tzfat)

The Saraya was used as the central headquarters for the
local governing Ottomans (Turks) during the end of the 19th century. The clock tower was built in honor of 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire,
Abdul Hamid II.

Today, the Saraya was renamed the Isaac and Edith Wolfson Community Center after the building was restored by the assistance of the Isaac and Edith Wolfson in 1975. Also, the building hosts the Noam Synagogue that provides services on Shabbat and during the week.

You will also find the museum on Jewish life in Hungary before the Holocaust inside the Saraya.

Courtyard hosts concerts where music enthusiasts can
listen to live music bouncing off the old stonewalls thought the year.

Guests can also visit the recently restored clock tower where the bell chimes can be heard throughout the Old City of Safed (Tzfat) every 15 minutes as a charming reminder of Safed’s remarkable and historic past.

 

Address: Aliyah Bet Street, Artists' Quarter, Safed (Tzfat), Israel

Hours:  Open during normal business hours 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sun - Thu, and until 14:00 before Shabbat on Fri.

 

The Yehezkel HaMeiri Viewpoint

The Yehezkel HaMeiri view point offers one of the most spectacular views of the surrounding mountains overlooking the Old City of Safed. Visitors can come to see the sky turn red before the sunsets into the horizon.

 

Address: Ma’a lot Olei Hagardom, Safed (Tzfat), Israel

Hours: 24 hours

 

Tzfat 16th Century underground tunnels

 Come explore Tzfat's 16th century underground tunnels that are one of the Old City's hidden gems. The tunnels during the 16th century were the original cobbled streets within the Jewish Quarter of Tzfat. The tunnels feature many unique exhibits that include: Mikvah, Guns, Pottery, How Jews lived during the 16th century, and unique architecture.

 

Address: Tourist Information Center, 17 Alkabetz Street, Jewish Quarter, Safed (Tzfat), Israel

Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sun - Thur, 9:00 AM -2:00 PM all year on Friday. 

Phone: 04 692 4427

 












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