Ramla’s Tourist Sites
The compound of the White Tower is located in the center of ancient Ramla and dates from the time when the town prospered.
The area contains four historic sites.
Ramla’s famous bazaar, which is in the center of town, is thought to be one of the largest and most colorful markets in Israel.
The market itself as well as its surroundings feature a variety of tourism sites and offers lots of tasty food. Bon appétit!
The Pool of Arches is the most ancient water reservoir in Israel from the time of Abbasid rule.
The structure is a rare witness to the quality of construction and beauty of Moslem architecture.
In 2001, the Ramla Museum was inaugurated in a building that had served, until 1948, as the home of the British municipal administration.
Who is the Madonna of Ramla? And how did a hoard of rare gold coins come to be here, one of the biggest in the country?
The Great Mosque of Ramla is located at the entrance to the market and was originally built as a basilica, the largest Crusader basilica in the Holy Land.
The architecture is magnificent – see for yourself!
The British Military Cemetery in Ramla is one of six British burial places that were established in Israel after World War I. Harry Potter lies here!
This is a classical English garden in the form of a cross, a design that can be found in all of London’s parks.
After the founding of the State of Israel, the garden was rededicated and named after the first President of Israel, Chaim Weizmann.
If you want to experience a few moments of other-worldliness, Ramla is the place! A small and impressive monastery at the heart of the Old City, near the famous restaurants.
At the heart of Ramla’s Old City is the (Catholic) Franciscan Church – one of the town’s jewels.
The site was visited by Napoleon Bonaparte and here, you will also find an original painting by Titian, one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance.
Ramla is home to the Karaite World Center. The compound includes a synagogue that is worth a visit, accompanied, of course, by a lecture on the Karaites and their community in Israel.
So who are the Karaites, and what is their view of the world? Come on in and find out.
For almost 700 years, Ramla’s Lesser Mosque has been standing in the middle of the Old City and is named for one of the secretaries of the Prophet Muhammad. And what is the connection to Napoleon Bonaparte?
On Wednesdays only, from the early morning hours until the early afternoon.
The market stretches from the east side of the market’s parking lot and the Great Mosque (King Solomon Boulevard).
The Ramla police is housed in the former building of the British police, the Tegart Fortress.
The location also includes a museum, a mail box from the British Mandatory period as well as an old police car.
One of the biggest challenges for the founders of Ramla was posed by the supply of water to the town.
The method: An aqueduct which started at Tel Gezer and ended in the town’s underground water reservoirs. How did they do this, and how can we see the aqueduct today?
Once a month, on the first Shabbat of each Gregorian calendar month, there is a fair at the center of the Old City, with Ramla’s artisans presenting their work.
The Anglican ChurchThere is a handsome and modest building at the center of vibrant Herzl Street, with a spire in the shape of the tower of a European fortress.
Who are the Anglicans, and how did they get to be in Ramla?
At the heart of Ramla’s Old City are the remnants of a hammam, an impressive Turkish bathhouse.
The bathhouse is named after Radwan, the angel guarding the gates of Paradise according to Moslem tradition.
At the center of Ramla’s market, at the corner of Emile Zola Street, there is an official mail box from the time of the British Mandate in Palestine.
What does its inscription say?