Davidka Memorial

Davidka Memorial, Safed: Address, Davidka Memorial Reviews: 4/5

Davidka Memorial
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Outdoors in public square across from (bullet-hole ridden) former British Police Station that was the scene of a critical battle during Israel's War of Independence, commemorating the brave, greatly-outnumbered Hagannah members who gained control of the historically-Jewish city after the exiting British handed the police station, and other strategic spots, to the local Arabs determined to drive the Jews from their historic homeland. A fitting memorial with audio presentation and striking visuals.
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jsavElizabeth
Elizabeth200 contributions
Nothing special
Jun 2019
I learned about the Davidka at the Citadel at the very peak of Tzfat, so coming here and seeing the model Davidka and the information about how it was used to scare the Arabs out of Tzfat in the War of Independence really didn't impress me much. The model and memorial are in a nice square where you can see some lovely views of the valley and areas surrounding Tzfat, but otherwise, not much of a big deal.
Written 5 February 2020
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FancyFree55
Florida7,224 contributions
Bullet Holes Galore
Aug 2019
During my first visit to Tsfat a dozen years ago, I climbed up and down exploring the artist colony while ignoring the city's historical relevance. So this visit, I made it a point to stop at historical markers and glean some knowledge.

The Davidka Monument marks the site of an incredible battle in the 1948 war for independence. Despite the Jewish population totaling only 10% of the total population of Tsfat, Jewish defenders succeeded repeatedly in warding off arab attackers with the "homemade mortar Davidka." The extremely loud sound created by its shelling caused arabs to panic and retreat.

In addition to the Davidka Monument, memorial stone tablets have been placed at various sites around the city to honor the fifty combatants and civilians who died during the battle for Tsfat.

The monument is located at one of the higher tiers of the mountaintop on which Tsfat was built. Vistas are spectacular in several directions. Directly across the street is the historic British police station, built in the 1930's. Today it stands still riddled with bullet holes, a witness to the ferocious battle fought here for Israel's independence.
Written 20 August 2019
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jsavElizabeth
Elizabeth200 contributions
Meh
Jun 2019 • Solo
I like history, so I did enjoy learning about the role the Davidka played in the Israelis defeat of the Arabs during the War for Independence, but to be honest, the square isn't that impressive. There is a model of the Davidka missile, an Israeli flag, a stone with some information about the history and a verse from the Bible that connects to the Israeli victory in Tzfat. If you are out walking in Tzfat anyway, and you happen to pass by the square, it's worthwhile to spend the five minutes reading the stone and seeing the Davidka.
Written 1 August 2019
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Chana
New Jersey9 contributions
Stunning view of Har Meron!
Aug 2018 • Friends
The Davidka Memorial is situated at a great lookout -- you can easily see the heart-shaped Har Meron in the distance. The wadi below was the path where the Kabbalists would walk from Tzfat to Rabi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron.
Beautiful verse as well -- if you attribute the miracle to G-d and not the IDF, of course!
Written 16 January 2019
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treepadvizor rigged
East Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan357 contributions
History and views
Jun 2018 • Couples
Dating back to the 1948 War of Independence, the Davidka was a vital resource.
Today, it's a pleasant square, (not square) at the top of Yerushalayim Street, just before it starts going down again. Various historical signs give tourists historical insights. In two languages
The view is magnificent.
Written 6 June 2018
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Pbregman121
6 contributions
PAnoramic Views and History
Apr 2018 • Solo
Located in the middle of town this is a beautiful park with a major history and story of survival. You can listen to the audio tour on the side while munching on amazing falafel and pizza from nearby.
Written 30 April 2018
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ronkav
Amsterdam, The Netherlands32 contributions
Beautiful Views and History
Feb 2018 • Solo
Beautiful park in the middle of town where the Israeli army regained control of this strategic point with amazing views of mountain line. The place also has an audio recording to learn the history and beautiful stone seats and benches.
Written 28 February 2018
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Itzik L
Tel Aviv, Israel3,795 contributions
Nice
Aug 2017 • Couples
The davidka from israel indipandance war
The square is nice to seat and relax after tour in the market
And from here to the west wall
Written 26 August 2017
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KMKenroute1
Portland, OR12 contributions
Important, informative and dramatic historical site
Jun 2017 • Family
A public square commemorating the brave battle fought by the (badly-outnumbered) Hagannah forces seeking to retain control of the historically Jewish and strategically important city of Safed at the start of the War of Independence. The departing British handed control of the city's strongholds, like the police station on the square, directly to the Arabs seeking to drive the Jews from their historic homeland. Driving the large, well-armed Arab forces from this strategic location cost many brave Hagannah members their lives, and played a huge role in Israel holding the Northern Galilee region.

The square has several informative plaques, a 5-8 minute long audio narration in several languages, a great view of the valley below, and above all, the un-repaired and bullet-ridden exterior of the old police station, and remaining part of the wall surrounding it. It also features a model of the Davidka - an artillery piece created by the seriously under-armed Jews that actually caused little carnage, but made such extraordinary noise that it led many of the armed Arabs to flee. The area is entirely out of doors, so is presumably accessible beyond normal business hours. A worthwhile addition to any trip to Safed.
Written 18 July 2017
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