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Bialik House

Bialik House
Bialik's House
#About the Home of the National Poet

Bialik lived in Tel Aviv and became one of its most important figures. Even before he immigrated to Israel, he decided to build his home in Givat Bezalel, which was announced at the festive reception held by the municipality as "Bialik Street." Thus the street where he wanted to build his house was named after him and he built his house in Bialik No. 22, near the old town hall. The Mediterranean house was designed in an eclectic style, a mix of East and West, a European house with Arab features, such as a Muslim dome and a wooden balcony typical of Arab construction.

After his death, the original and unique house became a memorial home. This is a place for pilgrims to enjoy poetry and history, as well as school classes from all over Tel Aviv and the country.

An interesting and not-so-well-known detail is that the building and maintenance of the house were terribly expensive and Bialik was quite embroiled in it. In fact, this imposing and impressive house almost shuddered him. Historical evidence describes Bialik as someone who found himself living in a Mediterranean palace, but unable to meet the expenses. The house drew many energies from him, and finally he did not really like the house he built, and today he is so identified with it.

In 1934, shortly before Bialik died, he left his home and moved to Ramat Gan. Bialik intended to build another house there, but was never able to.

After the poet's death, his widow returned to the house in Tel Aviv and in 1937 donated the house to the Tel Aviv municipality as "Beit Bialik" to commemorate him. Until her death, Mania Bialik lived in an alternative apartment she received from the municipality.

#The Architecture of the Bialik House

This house Bialik built from his books' profits, was finalized in 1925. Like many houses in the first period of Ahuzat Bayit, it was built in the eclectic style, which was a mixture of oriental and western elements.

The house was designed by architect Yosef Minor. The difference between the two men influenced decision-making at home. Minor conducted quite a few arguments with Bialik. This was the case, for example, when Bialik opposed the construction of a balcony on the side facing the street. Minor insisted and managed to convince the opinionated poet, claiming that "a house without a balcony is like a face without a nose." The Mediterranean house with the dome on its roof became famous in Tel Aviv.

As befits a poet who longed for the Land of Israel, Bialik wanted a garden planted around the house, with plants from all over the country. Of course, the Seven Species starred among them.

#A Few Words about Bialik

Chaim Nachman Bialik was born in 1873 and died in 1934. Bialik was one of the greatest Hebrew poets of all time and is considered the most important poet of Israel in the modern era. As a result, he was awarded the title "The National Poet."

In addition to his poetry, Bialik was also a writer, translator and editor. Among Bialik's most famous poems are "Let Me Under your Wings "Get Up and Leave", "Between the Euphrates River and the Tigris River" and "Beautiful Theresa". Many of his children's songs have become the childhood soundtrack of every child in Israel, including "Bird's Nest", "Two Girls" (Tzili and Gili), "The Boys Choir" (Yossi Bachin).

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