The Old City of Safed

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jsavElizabeth
Elizabeth200 contributions
Jun 2019
First, let me say that the Old City in Tzfat is best enjoyed by getting lost in it. There are so many winding staircases, narrow alleyways, and stone walls that exploring every "simta" is exciting and fun. You will be guaranteed to find amazing treasures along the way in artists studios, shops, galleries, synagogues, wineries, cheese making factories, and museums. I spent a month living in the Old City and fell in love so deeply with the uniquely mystical atmosphere on Friday nights and Shabbat, when one can walk in the streets of the Old City and hear the beautiful tunes of people singing the Shabbat prayers in the synagogues hidden among the various alleys. I prayed at the Ashkenaz Ari Shul and the cantor on Friday night was amazing! One could truly feel the prayers reaching the Heavens (and I'm not usually a fan of cantorial music). There is just so much to see and do and learn in Old Tzfat. I took a wonderful glass fusing class and there is also a glass blowing demonstration and a tour of a 6-generation cheese factory (on Fridays). There is also the underground tunnel tour with Livnot Ul'hibanot. If you have the energy, climb all the way up the large central steps of Ma'alot Ole Hagardom and stop along the way to buy a really delicious fruit shake at Good Bar. Enjoy the incredible views and sunsets from Tzfat's highest point--the citadel. Be aware that in summer, every day is sunny. In the winter, there is a lot of rain, fog, and even snow at times. Dress accordingly.
Written February 5, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,461 contributions
Jun 2019
The serene, mystical, and beautiful Old City is best experienced by getting lost in it in order to look at the contrast of colors, the sense of mysticism and history, and the treasures around every unexpected corner and down every windy pathway. You will come across beautiful staircases and buildings, unexpected windows to gorgeous vistas, and a sense of calm and rightness. Pause for a while in any of the stores to admire the gifts, stop at a café to let the atmosphere infuse you, and overall enjoy your time here.
Written April 7, 2020
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Paddo Life
Sydney, Australia56 contributions
Jan 2020
It was a wild, wet and windy day when we visited yet the beauty of this city still shone through. Despite the bitter cold we enjoyed exploring the ancient stone streets and visiting the countless art galleries and stores. I look forward to returning when the weather is kinder to us. The rain made the walk ways very slippery.
Written January 17, 2020
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Susan W
Jerusalem, Israel91 contributions
Jan 2020
The old city of Safed should be seen on a damp winter’s day with mist swirling around the tiny stone houses, or an hour before sunset on a sunny day when the light is golden. Home of the Kabbalah in the sixteenth century, it is still home to lots of cranks and saints. One of the four holy cities of the Holy Land, while Tiberias on the lake is water, Hebron tomb of the patriarchs is earth, Jerusalem which was burned is fire, Safed is air, the spirit. Some of the houses are crumbling away, others have been renewed. Just wander and look. And talk to people .
Written January 19, 2020
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alexisrachelletx
Nashville, TN1,719 contributions
Dec 2019
Unfortunately, the day we visited Tzfat/Safed, it was POURING. Like actually flooding a bit. We were all drenched and cold (December), but the locals were thrilled. Still tried to see as much of this holy city as we could: stone streets, art galleries, Judaica/Kaballah shops, synagogues. It was beautiful, and I'd love to go back on a prettier day so that I could see and explore more.
Written January 8, 2020
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teddy1014
Brooklyn, NY178 contributions
Nov 2019
One of the holiest cities in Judaism. Lots of winding streets with small tourist shops and synagogues. Feels very different than the otherwise very modern Israel, as it seems much more conservative. Many beautiful nooks and crannies to find in this hilly city.
Written October 16, 2020
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lsgoldblatt
London, UK806 contributions
Jan 2020
There is so much to see as you wander the streets of the Old City. The art is everywhere and each place has its own incredible story. We watched glass blowing and weaving and learned all about the amazing history of Safed. The synagogues are beautiful and the views if you climb are unrivaled. Definitely worth a detour to see the amazing candles too.
Written February 11, 2020
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Karen S
New York City, NY5,210 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We drove to Safed especially to visit the Old City of Safed. We parked the car and walked through these beautiful small streets. They are full of restaurants, Judaica galleries, synagogues and private houses.
Written June 24, 2020
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Bdnegin
Jerusalem, Israel102 contributions
Dec 2018
The Old City of Safed is a blend of art, historic synagogues, and stone dwellings, all wrapped in an aura of Jewish mysticism. In general the residents are very kind - it takes a special type of soul to choose to live in this ethereal city quarter. Many areas are picturesque. While one can enjoy the Old City simply by wandering through its streets, synagogues, art galleries and shops (such as Safed Candles, Kadosh cheeses, and the Old Safed winery) a deeper and more meaningful visit might require a guide. Safed should be experienced through a prism of its Jewish mystical past and present - together with an understanding of the heroic rescue of the Jewish population during Israel’s war of independence.
The Old City of Safed is not renowned for fine dining. A very decent hummus restaurant - Abu Yuvi - can be found where Jerusalem Streer descends to meet a Arlozorov Street. As for hotel accommodations the Ruth Rimonim is perhaps the deservedly best known, while there is also an offering of boutique hotels and B&Bs of varying quality and prices.
Written December 12, 2018
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Alan G
16 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Safed, or Tzfat as it's called in Hebrew, is a jewel of a town located high in the hills of Israel's Galilee region. The old city of Tzfat, with its unique art galleries, historic synagogues, and traditional Middle Eastern architecture is a must-see in any tour of Israel. History hangs heavy in the narrow streets of the old city--home to the great Kabbalists of the 16th century who created a spiritual revolution that echoes even today. For those who enjoy cemeteries, the old cemetery of Tzfat is world-class--housing the remains of the likes of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the Ari Ha-Kadosh), Rabbi Yoseph Caro (author of the Shulchan Aruch), Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz (composer of L'cha Dodi), and numerous other great spiritual luminaries. And, if one is up for it, there is the Mikvah (ritual immersion pool) of the Ari, fed by ice-cold fresh spring water--a bracing experience if there ever was one. The Mikvah, which dates back several hundred years, is a powerful way to connect with the spirit of the 16th-century mystics who are buried only meters away. Sadly the Mikvah is for the use of men only.
Written August 31, 2018
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