July 23, 2012

Rome didn’t make the list but Tel Aviv did.

The internationally recognized Conde Nast Traveler magazine has listed 14 cities every architecture lover must visit. Tel Aviv won the number three spot.

A habitable city by the sea. (Shutterstock)

“Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tel Aviv’s ‘White City’ contains 4,000 International Style buildings, many of which were built in the 1930s and 1940s,” the website reported.

The city is considered a beacon of town planning in the early part of the 20th century and a leading example of the trends of the Modern Movement in architecture.

“To accommodate the influx of Jewish immigrants fleeing Europe, German Bauhaus-trained architects integrated the modern style’s affordable and functional building techniques with curved lines and a color well-suited for the Mediterranean climate to create a habitable city by the sea,” reported Conde Nast Traveler.

“The founders of Tel Aviv entrusted us with a large treasure of 4,000 Bauhaus and international style buildings. Thanks to them we were able to apply for and be recognized as a world heritage site. This move entailed great effort and the conservation process is ongoing,” said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

In related news, the magazine has quite a few accolades to heap on Tel Aviv. The non-stop city has been featured on a number of its ‘Best Of’ lists in the last few weeks.

Conde Nast scooped praise on Israeli ice cream, citing halva ice cream as the supreme summer treat. In its Best New Bars in 20 Cities poll, Mizlala by Meir Adoni slotted in to the prestigious list.

“Coolly minimalist, with light installations that wash walls in transparent pastel hues,” cited the magazine,”foodies [are] lured by Adoni’s cult-chef status.”

(Photography by Shutterstock.com)

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