City Center, Jaffa st.

About the project

Tsahal (Israel Defense Forces) Square (formerly Allenby Square) is one of the most historically sensitive and prominent intersections in the city. The site, which sits atop a steep hill from the Old City, had been fortified and a tower constructed as early as the Fatimid period (969-1071). A crucial battle was fought here in the War of Independence (1948), and after that war’s cease-fire, the border between the Israeli and Jordanian halves of the city ran through the square. Following the reunification of the city in 1967, the square was developed, including creation of a garden with plantings, paving and benches in 1971. The garden was renovated several times as road improvements were made and the municipal government complex constructed. In 2007, the municipality began a complete reconfiguration of the Tsahal Square area that will create an amphitheater-like meeting space above a new tunnel east of the original Tsahal Square Garden.

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