The Perfect Place to Watch the Sunset in Tel AvivIndependence Park (Gan Haatzmaut) is a park overlooking the Tel Aviv beach. The garden is located on the sandstone ridge, with a large, wide lawn, on which many Tel Avivians come to in the evening, in order to see the sunset. Perfect place for an evening picnic and a toast among friends.
In the past, Independence Park was the main meeting place in Tel Aviv for the gay community, the LGBT community, and today, when websites and dedicated dating applications have developed and transformed Tel Aviv into an open city for the community, they gather without fear in countless places of entertainment.
The garden is located south of the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv, on a sandstone ridge 20 meters above the beach, west of Hayarkon Street, in the area between Atarim Square and Nordau Boulevard.
History of the PlaceRemains of an ancient fort that was part of the fortifications built by Alexander Jannaeus along the shores of the Hasmonean Kingdom were discovered in the southern part of the garden. Alexander Jonathan, whose name was Jannaeus, was king of Judah, who expanded the boundaries of the kingdom of Judah and appointed himself chief priest of the Hasmonean dynasty during the Second Temple period. He was known to have been all Hellenistic and Greek-influenced. From this fortress scholars learned about his early settlement in the territory of what would later become Tel Aviv.
At the top of the limestone hill of Independence Park and the Hilton Hotel you can see a cemetery where the Arab villagers of Sumail and some of the people of Jaffa buried their dead in the 19th century. There is also the grave of a Muslim saint named Abd al-Nabi. Both this cemetery and the Jewish cemetery on Trumpeldor Street were established after a cholera epidemic broke out in Jaffa and a remote burial area was to be created quickly away from the city.
Until the War of Independence there was a small British army camp in the area. During the War of Independence, the place became the IDF base of "Camp Yonah." This was the first IDF base, the base for the absorption and recruitment of young recruits into the army.
Among other things, the Etzel ship "Atlanta" was shelled, a ship that brought arms to the underground Etzel, since it did not comply with the demand of Prime Minister Ben-Gurion to transfer the stash to the IDF.