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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 can take a boat tour inside.
- The Great Mosque - used to be a crusader church and was converted into a Mosque by the Mameluk.
- Karaite Center (and details for most of the other items in this list) for a sect of Jews who follow Biblical Judaism without the Talmud, but were mostly wiped out by Muslims over the centuries: http://www.ramla.muni.il/index.asp?id=1223#
- Ramla Museum -is housed in the former municipal headquarters of the British Mandatory authorities,The building, from 1922, incorporates elements of Arab architecture such as arched windows and patterned tiled floors. It describes Ramla's history
- Franciscan Church - it houses Israel's only painting by Tizian
- The Hospice of St. Nicodemus and St. Joseph of Arimathea on Ramla's main boulevard, Herzl Street, is easily recognized by its clock-faced, square tower. It belongs to the Franciscan church. Napoleon used the hospice as his headquarters during his Palestine campaign in 1799.
- 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.
The official Ramla Tourism Website with all of the listings, details and contact information: http://www.ramla.muni.il/index.asp?id=1223
Direct phone number for the Arches Pool: 08-921-6873