Many know the story how Tel Aviv was built on the top of the sand dunes outside of the Old Jaffa, in 1909. But only few really know that the first to do that, much before, were the Americans. It was a small group of the Christian pioneers who were the first to purchase a piece of land at the outskirts Jaffa in 1866 and to build a small town of few streets there. What was absolutely unimaginable that those people brought their wooden prefabricated houses from the State of Main with them. This place is still called the American Colony and its wooden houses, well restored, tell this fascinating story.
Three years later, another group of people came from Germany to settle in the Holy Land. They called themselves and their Church the Templars. They first settled in Haifa in 1869 and further on continued building their prospering villages in many places in Pale