Ancient & thrilling Ramle

A day trip in the city includes a boat ride, a delightful market, an ancient tower, a stunning church and the largest British cemetery in the country.

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November 13, 2014 15:47
The Ramle Market

The Ramle Market was built by the Mamelukes and renovated by the British.. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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