Hovevei Tzion Street, Petach Tikva, early 20th century
When visitors come to Israel, they see big and modern cities such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rishon LeZion and Haifa. But the cities did not always look this way, and many of them developed from small towns and villages.
One example of this is the city of Petach Tikva.
Have you ever been there?
Petach Tikva is a city with a population of more than 200,000, located due east of Tel Aviv.
The city of Petach Tikva developed from a small village established on the banks of the Yarkon River in 1878. Life in the area was hard for the early residents, and in 1882 they abandoned the settlement. However in the same year, the village was re-established. With the financial help of Baron Rothschild, the residents managed to drain the swamps in the area and put a stop to the malaria epidemics which had been attacking them.
In the years that followed, pioneers arrived who worked in agriculture. Later on, industrial and commercial enterprises were established in Petach Tikva. Over the years this small village became a large and prosperous city.
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