- This article is about the moshav. For the Jewish return to the Land of Israel, see The Return to Zion.
Building the stockade in 1938.
|Founded||13 April 1938|
|Founded by||German immigrants|
|Name meaning||Returnees to Zion|
Shavei Tzion (Hebrew: שָׁבֵי צִיּוֹן, lit. Returnees to Zion) is a moshav shitufi in northern Israel. Located between Acre and Nahariya and covering 2,000 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Asher Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 654.
The village was established on 13 April 1938 as part of the tower and stockade settlement scheme. Its founders, immigrants from Rexingen in Germany, had arrived during the Fifth Aliyah. Shavei Tzion is considered one up the most beautiful town in the Galilee due to the proximity to the Mediterranean Sea.
A memorial was erected on the beach in 1999, commemorating the death of 12 IDF soldiers in an operation in Lebanon and an old ship of the Israeli Navy, Kidon, was sunk as an additional memorial and tourist attraction.
In 1955, remains of an ancient church were found along the beach path the lead from Acre to Tyre and was dated to the 4th century. The excavations were led by Moshe Prausnitz and the finding included Mosaic floors and walls as well as remains of Artesian aquifer.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Shavei Tzion has a friendship relationship with:
- Shave Zion Archive - Younes & Soraya Nasarian Library, University of Haifa.
- Mann, Nadav (2008-07-25). "The Yishuv history: Shavei Tzion's 70th anniversary". Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2008-07-25.
- "From Ancient To Modern: Five Top Shipwrecks In Israel's Mediterranean Sea".
- ""The 12 empty chairs"(Hebrew)".
- "Stuttgarter Stadtporträt/Städtepartnerschaften/Internationale Partnerschaften/Besonders freundschaftliche Beziehungen". © Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Abteilung Außenbeziehungen (Official website of Stuttgart) (in German).
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