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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).

A Closer Look:

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Maison de Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo's House
#About Victor Hugo's House

There is no one who has not heard the name Victor Hugo, the author of "Les Miserables," "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and more.

The historic house of Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), which is 280 square meters, located on the second floor of the Rohan-Jemna Hotel, now serves as a museum. It is located in the Place de Vouz No. 6 in the fourth district of Paris. Hugo rented the apartment for 16 years from 1832-1848. Today the museum is preserved and managed by the city of Paris.

During his stay at this apartment, he hosted many of the greatest French writers of his time. In February 1843 in his apartment he celebrated his daughter's wedding, Leopoldine, and in September marked her tragic death.

In the office of this apartment he wrote some of his famous works, for example a large part of "Les Miserables" was written there. In 1841 he was elected a member of the French Academy.

After he left the apartment in 1848, the building went through renovations that make it hard to accurately reconstruct the original frame of the building, for example the disappearance of the corridors and balconies overlooking the square. The museum and exhibition were made possible thanks to the contribution of the author and Hugo's good friend, Paul Maurice, who enabled the Paris municipality in 1902 to purchase the building. The museum was inaugurated on the 30th June 1903.



#Victor Hugo's Culture

Victor Hugo was a French poet, writer, playwright and politician. He is considered the greatest poet of France and is best known for his famous books: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Les Miserables."

Already at the age of 14 Hugo decided he wanted to be a poet, and when he was only 10 he was awarded a scholarship for his first book of poems. He used to write day after day for years and revolutionized French poetry. He led a group of writers and poets who created a new style - Romanticism.

In 1830, Hugo's play "Hernani" was performed in Paris, which was one of the first romantic plays. Paris was very angry after this play and a lot of heated arguments broke out in the theater among the spectators of the show. These arguments were part of a long tradition of disagreements about artistic taste in the French theater.

In 1831 Hugo published the renowned novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." The purpose of the novel was to present the beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral to the general public, after its destruction by the masses during the French Revolution. The novel was a success in France and led to the beginning of a proper preservation process for the cathedral. The book has been translated into many languages and has gained great success around the world.

Hugo made sure that his stories instigate hope in the hearts of the poor and suffering, and to assure them a beautiful and just life.

In 1838, his play "Roi Bella" was performed for the first time in the Renaissance Theater in Paris, a romantic drama that takes place in Spain in the 17th century.

Victor Hugo died in Paris in the year 1855 and was buried in his funeral in the Pantheon, where all the great builders of France are buried.



#What is in Hugo's Apartment?

In 1902, as part of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Victor Hugo, his house was opened as a museum.

In the first floors of the building is the Rohan-Jemna Hotel and on the third floor you will find the same house where Victor Hugo lived with his wife and four children, in the years 1832-1848. Hugo's apartment had been restored to the smallest and most accurate detail.

The visit is especially interesting for those who want to know the man, see how and where he worked and of course under what conditions he lived.

Beyond a glimpse into the intimate rooms of the writer, in which he wrote some his great works, such as Les Miserables, there is an exhibition that presents his life and some of his famous manuscripts. The apartment contains original collections that he collected, paintings he looked at and the authentic furniture he used. Victor Hugo's home presents an exhibition of his life, accompanied by a selection of his writings and drawings. All the rooms have been renovated and restored and offer an authentic view of his work.



A Closer Look:

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