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Bialik House

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Basic Information

Location Bialik Street 22, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Phone number 03-5254530
Country Israel
City Tel Aviv-Yafo

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bialik_House
Geographical Coordinates 32.07295,34.77081


General

Beit Bialik was the home of the Hebrew national poet Hayyim Nahman Bialik in the center of Tel Aviv, Israel, and is now used as a museum.

History and time period

Hayyim Nahman Bialik purchased a plot of land in Tel Aviv through the offices of the Geula company, prior to settling in Palestine, in March 1924. The site was a sandy area leading off Allenby Street, not far from a hotel under construction that later became the Tel Aviv municipality. A foundation stone-laying ceremony was held in the presence of Bialik's close friends, among them Ahad Haam, a resident of Tel Aviv since 1922. The house was built by the Solel Boneh Company under the supervision of Eliezer Kaplan, later Israel's first minister of finance.


General Information

Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 - 17:00 Friday- Saturday 10:00- 14:00

Price: Adult- 20 NIS Child (ages 6- 18)- 10 NIS Child (under age 6)- free Cash only

Architecture

The house was built in 1925 by Joseph Minor, an architect who had studied under Alexander Baerwald. The two were among a group of architects attempting to develop a "Hebrew style" of architecture, by combining western building forms with stylistic elements characteristic of the Middle East or thought to have been in use in the ancient Jewish kingdoms of Eretz Israel. While the interior is in the Arts and Crafts movement style, then popular in northern Europe, oriental features include a tower, outdoor terraces, domes, pointed-arch windows and extensive tile work. The most notable tiles are in the first floor reception room. Here, the entryway features a columned archway featuring the tiles produced by the Bezalel school, featuring the designs of Ze'ev Raban which have been produced as ceramic art tiles. One of the columns has tile cartouches of the twelve months, the other, the twelve tribes of Israel. On the sides are a pair of cartouches of the famous "Judea capta" coin issued by the Emperor Titus after the Roman defeat of the Jewish Revolt of the year 70. The well-known coin shows a woman, Judea, sitting under a palm tree in chains, over her stands the Roman Emperor in armor. The artist riffs on this familiar image with a scene featuring Judea being liberated.

Photo Gallery

  • Bialik's room
  • Guest room



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