10 Facts You Didn’t Know about Nahariya, Capital of the Galilee

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know about Nahariya, Capital of the Galilee

Taking a vacation in Nahariya? Here are few interesting facts about the city you’ll be staying in, to help you prepare your trip.

  1. Modern Nahariya was established in the 1930’s, but archaeological sites in the area have revealed that the region was already inhabited as early as the Bronze Age.
  2. Nahariya was built on the property of a Lebanese family, which was purchased in 1934 by Yosef Levi, a Jewish engineer who later became one of the most prominent land owners in Israel during that period. Yosef Levi partnered with a few other Jews with the intention of founding Nahariya, and in the same year the government provided the authorization necessary to acknowledge the settlement and its foundation. The company “Nahariya-Meshakim Ze’irim Ltd.” was established to raise funds and acquire additional land in the area to allow for the expansion of the city.
  3. The municipality was named “Nahariya” due to the presence of the Ga’aton River which flows through the center of the town (Nahar means “river” in Hebrew). The name was also inspired by the adjacent Arab village of Al-Nahar.
  4. The city’s first settlers were German Jews who came to Israel during the 5th
  5. Nahariya was based on an agricultural model designed by one of the land owners, the agronomist Dr. Selig Eugen, but due to lack of income, the citizens soon began renting rooms and running boarding houses. Thus the city became a resort offering guest rooms, beaches and restaurants.
  6. For the first few years following its foundation in 1934, Nahariya was the only Jewish settlement in Western Galilee prior to the establishment of Matzuva, Shavei Tzion, Eilon and Hanita.
  7. According to the Municipalities Law of 1934, Nahariya was declared a city in 1961 by Haim Moshe Shapira, the Minister of Interior at the time.
  8. Currently, Nahariya has over 53,000 inhabitants.
  9. Today, Nahariya is considered the capital of the Western Galilee due to its centrality and importance to the entire region.
  10. Nahariya is also a city that is devoted to sports. It has a basketball team, three soccer teams, two swimming associations and a free flight model club.

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