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The charming village of Zichron Ya'akov was founded in 1882 when a hundred Jewish settlers from Romania purchased land there. The following year Baron Rothschild became the patron of the settlement. Zichron Ya'akov was the first moshava ever built in Israel and is a popular tourist and vacation site.

The cobbled main street is closed to vehicles allowing visitors to stroll lazily taking in the stunning restored houses on either side of the street, the old-fashioned streetlamps, the courtyards, galleries, boutiques and places of historical interest.

Two of the moshava's original buildings were turned into museums; Beit Aharonson which is dedicated o the history of the pre-state NILI underground resistance organization and the Museum of the First Aliya. The main street is truly a vibrant celebration of history and life in the region. A large winery was built in Zichron Ya'akov in 1889 and nowadays visitors can enjoy free guided tours in the still-functioning and famous winery.


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