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The Kalanit Trail

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The Kalanit Trail

Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Recommended season: All year
Features: Museums, Municipal park, Observation point,
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The Route

The Route:

 

  1. The 'From Holocaust to Resurrection' sculpture site

This site contains three groups of sculptures: The first group describes the expulsion of the Jews to the extermination camps. The second group describes the extermination camps and death and the third group symbolizes the resurrection and hope.

Beneath the sculptures there are basalt stones resembling the streets of Europe where the Jews were led on their last journey.

In 1999 the municipality acted to cast the original sculptures made out of concrete, with bronze. The sculptor is Niki Imbar, a holocaust survivor himself and an artist who has been to many places in the world and came to Israel from South America.

 

The Jewish Soldiers Memorial Site:

Near the 'From Holocaust to Resurrection' sculpture site, is the memorial site of the Jewish soldiers killed in the 2nd World War, who fought in the armies of the former Soviet Union, the US, Great Britain and France.

The monument is built in the shape of a cannon with helmets on it with the symbols of the states that fought Nazi Germany.

In Karmiel there is a large group of Red Army veterans who established the 'Bravery Museum' on Nesiyei Yisrael St.

The monument was built by David Kislin, sculptor and municipality worker, with additional workers from the Karmiel Gardens and Landscape Department.

 

  1. The Alon Observation point

This spot offers a wonderful view of the city of Karmiel and the area surrounding it. Directly in front of us we see the southern Eshcol neighborhood and to its right we see part of the Sagi neighborhood. On the left hand side we see Mt. Camun.

From the observation point we see Tel Beta, where there are remains of a wall from an ancient agricultural Byzantine city, from 103-104 A.D.

Three churches were discovered in the site, an ancient church, above it the large church and on the western side, the small church. All of the churches have mosaic floors.

 

There are three water wells in this site and near the small church there is a stone olive press.

 

  1. Hagalil Park and the Municipality Building

In the heart of Karmiel is one of the most beautiful parks in the country- the Hagalil Park. The park was built on the area that once was a marble quarrying factory.

30,000 plants were planted in the park, including 3,000 trees spread out over 100 dunams.

The park has shaded areas, an amphitheatre, a pond with water plants and waterfalls, the 'Four winds' observation point overlooking Karmiel and the whole area.

The Park is open to the public from 9:00 to 22:00.

In the main entrance to the park, on its eastern side, is the new municipality building, that was opened in October 1999. In the municipality lobby there are art galleries open to the public.

Next to the park, on Eschcolot St., is the forest of the slain soldiers. It was planted on Tu Beshavat 1998, with a tree for every soldier from Karmiel who was killed.

 

 

  1. The Ort Braude College and the Gallery

The Ort Braude College has one of the most beautiful university campuses in Israel, spread out over 150 dunams. On the campus, there is the Lady Rosalin Lions gallery. This gallery offers a stage for leading Israeli artists and also presents new and promising artists. There are tours in the gallery for different audiences. Throughout the campus, there are sculptures of leading artists.

Opening hours: Saturdays from 10:00-14:00 and on weekdays coordinate your visit in advance by calling 04-9901911, 04-9901995.

 

  1. A Landscape Promenade in the Givat Ram neighborhood

The Baltimore-Pittsburgh Promenade was built with the support of these two communities that help and support the city of Karmiel in the framework of the Partnership 2gether Karmiel-Misgav-Pittsburgh.

We recommend you visit the Givat Ram Promenade, part of the 'Encircling Karmiel' route- a route that goes around Karmiel and is progressing in stages.

From amongst the arcs on the promenade we see the western Hagalil and Ramat Rabin neighborhoods spread out before us, as well as the Beit Hakerem valley.

 

  1. The Rabin Park and the ???

In the Byzantine period this site served as a monastery and in the Mameluke period it was an industry area.

There is a ceramic oven and flooring of large halls from the crusader period found here. Over the crusader remains, the Ottomans built the structure still standing.

In excavations carried out in recent years, a Byzantine farm was discovered. In the residential area a Byzantine clay candle was found, as well as 50 gold coins. South of the archeological site is a large park for the Rabin neighborhood residents.

  1. This neighborhood is planned to populate 10,000 residents, based on a modular network creating a clear urban setting of horizontal and vertical streets. The apartment buildings surround quiet inner courtyards. The buildings are coated with stone or mosaic, creating a new local common appearance.

Each street and alley has a uniqueness as a result of their special location, different slopes and surprising openings towards the view.

The street names were chosen from landmarks in Yitzchak Rabin's life and from the War of Independence: Palmach and Hagannah meet at the geometrical center of the neighborhood.

We recommend parking your car and entering the unique courtyards in this neighborhood.

  1. The Tlalim Observation point-Etzioni Park

The Etzioni (Tlalim) Park, one of the parks in the Ramat Rabin neighborhood, offers a view of the western neighborhoods of Karmiel- Givat Ram and Har Karmi.

  1. Makosh Observation point

One of the most beautiful lookout points in the city. Beneath it we see the Hilazon stream bending and the community villages of Eshchar, Camun and Michmanim.

  1. The Baruch Wagner observation point and forest

This is a city park under construction, named after Baruch Wagner, the first Mayor of Karmiel.

The park will include a forest, a maze, grass lawns, sitting areas and more.

  1. Amphitheatre

A 20 dunam amphitheatre, the largest in Israel, is used for large events and the Karmiel Dance Festival in July. The amphitheatre overlooks the Hilazon stream and a trail leading to Mt. Kamun.

The amphitheatre can contain 25,000 people and has a 50 meter long stage.

The Karmiel Dance Festival takes place every year in July, for 3 days and nights. Karmiel residents and tens of thousands of visitors dance and enjoy dance performances, shows, fairs and open area events.

The Dance Festival has become an international Festival and dance groups from all over the world participate in it.

  1. The Baruch Center

The Baruch Center, in memory of the first Mayor of Karmiel, Baruch Wagner, who died on 11.1.1988, hosts conventions, concerts and shows and acts as a command center in large municipal events.

 

  1. The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center in Karmiel serves a wide audience of people from all around the area. We recommend a visit to the gallery and the cafeteria in the Cultural Center. The gallery displays different exhibits all year round.

To return to the starting point of this route, continue northwards on Nesiyei Yisrael St. You are welcome to continue to enjoy the city, its excellent shopping centers and the other sites specified on the map.

 

Enjoy!

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