Sunday, March 9, 2008

... because of Reading Power Station

Reading power station is located in the Ha-yarkon park, near the new Tel-Aviv port. It is a recognizable part of the Tel-Aviv seascape and is one of the icons of the city. For me, it is THE ICON of the city - sort of Tel-Aviv's Eiffel Tower or Tel-Aviv's Golden Gate. (I'm not exaggerating, am I?!?)

When you fly to or from Israel, you can clearly see it when the plane takes off or lands. "Here's Reading. Here's home!" This is a plain simple chimney, but when I see it, it always takes my breath away.

About Reading power station:
Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, was a prominent English politician and jurist. He was a founding chairman of Israel Electric Corporation in the British Mandate of Palestine. After his death, it was decided to call the newly opened power station (and one of Tel-Aviv's streets) in his honor.
Reading power station was opened in 1938, and was one of the major sources of electricity of Israel (up to 30%). Today, fortunately, it almost completely stopped to function as a power station (due to environmental reasons).


Anonymous said...

Is there housing near the power station? parking?cultural sites,etc.? Is there pollution? Thanks

Olga Levina said...

The power station is currently not operational - this is (just :) a historical site.

Regarding housing - yep, there are several neighborhoods surrounding the station. I can actually see it from my living room window! And I love this so much.

Cultural sites / park - the station is right near Hayarkon park and Tel Aviv port.

Hope this helps, and let me know if you have more q :)