Zichron Yaakov, often shortened to just Zichron is a small town on Mount Carmel 35 Km south of Haifa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, close to the coastal highway # 2. Founded in 1882, by pioneers from Romania who purchased the land. It was one of the first settlements in the country.
In 1893, the renowned Baron Edmond James de Rothschild became the patron of the small settlement and ask to be called in honor of his father Yaakov, thus the name Memorial to Yaakov of Zichron Yaakov.
The Baron helped with housing and agriculture, and helped establishing the first winery in Israel, Carmel Winery. After many setbacks and new beginnings the winery continued to flourish and remains in action until today.
Baron Edmond de-Rothschild commissioned the construction of the synagogue Ohel Yaakov that is serving the town continuously until the present day.
Ramat Hanadiv Moemorial to Baron de-Rothschild in Zichron
Ha Nadiv meaning the Benefactor was the nickname of Baron Binyamin
Edmond de-Rothschild, who generously supported some of the first Zionist
agricultural settlements in the Land of Israel in the late 19th century.
In 1954 his remains, together with his wife’s where transferred to Zichron where a Memorial Park was built in their honor south of the town.
Today it is a large 4.5 Sq. Km park located on a gentle slope of Mount Carmel. You may visit here, the Mausoleum of Baron Edmond de Rothschild and his wife Ada.
Above the entrance gate you can see the Rothschild family's coat of arms, with five arrows representing the five sons of the founder of the family. Among other attractions, there is a rose garden with a sun-dial, an "aroma garden" with spices and other aromatic plants, a tropical palm-tree garden and a small cascade garden.
A few years ago a visitor and exhibition center was build next to a large park with hiking trails.
Wine Road Pedestrian Mall in Zichron
This town has escaped the construction frenzy of most
previous settlement or Moshavot that are today huge cities.
The old main street, Rehov Hameyasdim of Street of the Founders has been restored and is now a pleasant pedestrian street.
What have been old colonial houses are now old style shops and galleries. The street has been renamed “Wine Road” as it ends in the Carmel Winery.
You may stroll up and down the street and stop for a bite or dink in one of the restaurants and cafes.
The First Aliyah Museum in Zichron Yaakov
It offers visitors a graphic description of those first
pioneer years and the revolution that changed the face of Israeli settlement.
Located in a historic building in the center of the oldest portion of Zichron, actually
the villa that housed the Baron’s clerks, the First Aliyah Museum tells the
story of the earliest modern-day immigration to Israel.
NILI Museum Beit Aaronsohn
NILI is the acronym for “Netzach Israel Lo Yishaker’, The
Eternity of Israel will not Deceive, taken form Samuel 1, 15.29.
The Story of NILI is boud with the story of the Aaronsohn Family, one of the founding families of Zichron Yaakov in 1882, in a time that due to the rule of the Ottoman Empire life became oppressive and cruel.
Aaron, the eldest of the Aaronsohn children, was a scientist, and having discovered the original prototype of wheat, for which he received international acclaim, he established an agricultural experimental station in Atlit.
Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel
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the Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel in Zichron Yaakov was built on the belief
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Designed by award-winning architect Yaakov Rechter and the vision of arts patron Lily Elstein, it is unique in Israel: a complex entirely dedicated to the arts.
Whether you immerse yourself in all the complex has to offer or venture out to discover the many attractions in our vicinity, the Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel is the perfect getaway – a place where you can experience, for a time, life as it was meant to be. We invite you to experience it for yourself.
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