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Tel Aviv Train Station Becomes Entertainment Center

August 9, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Here's some cool news from Tel Aviv: The historic Tel Aviv-Jaffa train station, located between hip Neve Tzedek and the Mediterranean Sea, has recently been transformed into a new entertainment and leisure center after a 10-year restoration project.

The epicenter for commerce in the city from 1892 to 1948, the newly renovated 49-acre Tachana entertainment complex includes more than 20 historic buildings which will serve as event spaces—from the old train station and freight terminal to the 18th-century Arab-style Red House and German Templar Wielands' family home. Two train carriages located on the old tracks around the complex will house an exhibition of photography of the restoration project.

The Tachana entertainment complex will also have a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars, in addition to several stores, including a bookstore-café devoted to art and design literature, shops featuring young Israeli and international designers, a museum and a lifestyle space for fashion and design exhibitions.

In addition, the complex will include a children's activity center that will host weekly music concerts, an arts and crafts fair on Thursday evenings and an organic farmer's market on Friday mornings. Tours of the Bauhaus district of Tel Aviv will also leave from the Tachana every day.

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