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Series: The Magnificent modern mosaics of Israel - The Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium mosaic, Tel Aviv

Yet another Tel Aviv mosaic by famous city resident Nahum Gutman. The Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium used to stand at the beginning of Rothschild Boulevard, where nowadays the Shalom Tower, well, towers. The gymnasium was founded at the turn of the 20th century and was the first Hebrew high school in pre-state Israel, boasting notable alumni including Gutman himself.

Its demolition caused quite a controversy in Israel, and the building is commemorated through this huge, 300-foot-long mosaic depicting the four stages of the city’s evolution. First appears the old port of Jaffa, followed by Achuzat Bayit, the first neighborhood of the new city of Tel Aviv. These are followed by images of the construction of the city and then its gradual growth in the 1930s and 1940s, which also feature the gymnasium.

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