Jaffa: Tel Aviv’s Ancient Sister
According to Christian legend, Jaffa was named after Noah’s son Japhet, who built the city after the biblical Flood. Others believe that the name derives from the Hebrew word “Yofi” - beauty. From archeological discoveries and ancient documents we learn that Jaffa existed as a port city some 4000 years ago, serving Egyptian and Phoenician sailors in their sea voyages. Relics that have been found nearby predate this period by a further 16,000 years.
A visit to Jaffa Tales,” the visitors center at Jaffa’s central Kedumim Sq., developed amid archeological remains from the thousands of years of Jaffa’s history, features a Jaffa timeline, artifacts from various historical periods and a multi-lingual multi-media show presentation taking visitors through a series of rooms that represent Jaffa down through the ages.