Be'er-Sheva is indeed a very old city, having been in existence for more than 6,000 years, but the city as we know it today is relatively new and was only established at the beginning of the 20th century under the Ottoman Turkish rule. The historic city, widely known as "the Old City", is a rare example of a well-planned city, built by the Ottoman authorities - the only one of its kind in Israel.
The History of the Old City
Although progress and development have not entirely bypassed the city, nonetheless it still retains many of its historic buildings, which were later joined by buildings built during the British rule. With the liberation of Be'er‑Sheva in 'Operation Moses' that took place on the 22nd of October 1948, extensive development of new neighborhoods began, leading to a decline in the importance of the Old City.
The Old City is Changing Its Look again
According to the decision of Mayor Ruvik Danilovich, the Old City will be transformed into a hub of tourism, culture, recreation and youth. As the development progresses, while preserving the old, the Old City will also integrate an exciting new world that speaks to young people and adults alike. The Youth Center was built in the Old City; under the auspices of the Economic Development Co., the Municipality has begun to develop and maintain the streets, and in addition, many of the historic buildings in the Old City have signage posted by the Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites, making it easier for travelers in the city.
Vision for the Old City
The Be'er-Sheva Municipality continues to develop the Old City area in the belief that in it are many wonders both for city residents and for tourists from Israel and from around the world who visit the city in tourism. The Old City already? contains a variety of entertainment and tourism venues, and it will continue to evolve over the coming years.