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Ramla is a city in central Israel, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is the only new city to be founded in Israel during about 1200 years of Muslim rule - in all other cases they built on top of preexisting cities. Today it has a mixed Arab and Jewish population.
Buses run frequently from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Modiin, and other cities in central Israel, as well as Beer Sheva. Trains run once an hour to Tel Aviv, Beit Shemesh, and Jerusalem.
The city is just 3km from end to end, and flat, so walking is sufficient.
- The Tower of Ramla, also known as the White Tower, was built in the 13th century. It served as the minaret of the White Mosque (al-Masjid al-Abyad) erected by Caliph Suleiman in the 8th century CE, of which only remnants remain today. The tower is six-stories high, with a spiral staircase of 119 steps. You may be able to walk up to the top, where there are great views of the Tel Aviv area.
- The Arches Pool is a large underground cistern with an arched roof, built in the 8th century. You used to be able to take a boat tour inside, unfortunately since 2007 it is closed due to structural weakness.
- The Great Mosque - used to be a crusader church and was converted into a Mosque by the Mameluk.
- Ramla Museum - describes Ramla's history
- Franciscan Church - it houses Israel's only painting by Tizian
- The old turkish City next to the market is an abandoned area of old buildings (an inhabitant said, turks lived to use there) which is full of dirt and trash. It's interesting to see!
It's a pretty boring town, except for a handful of landmarks.