Sharon plain

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Sharon plain in Israeli Coastal Plain region
Plain of Sharon from the Tower of Ramleh. Jaffa to Jerusalem (between 1950 and 1977)

The Sharon plain (Hebrew: השרון HaSharon) is the central section of the Coastal Plain of Israel.

The Plain lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Samarian Hills, 15 km (9.3 mi) to the east. It stretches from Nahal Taninim, a stream marking the southern end of Mount Carmel in the north, to the Yarkon River in the south, at the northern limit of Tel Aviv, over a total of about 90 km (56 mi). Parts of the Plain are included in the Central, and Tel Aviv Districts of Israel.

Hebrew Bible[edit]

The Plain of Sharon is mentioned in the Bible (1 Chronicles 5:16, 27:29; Book of Isaiah 33:9, 35:2, 65:10), including the famous reference to the enigmatic "Rose of Sharon" (Song of Songs 2:1).

Modern history[edit]

Historically, while some parts of the Sharon plain were very fertile, much of it was swampy and malarial, a condition exacerbated by massive Ottoman deforestation. Zionist immigrants arrived in the early 20th century, drained much of the swampy land, and populated the region with many settlements.[1] In 2008, it was the most densely populated region of Israel.[2]

Cities and regional councils[edit]

Cities Regional Councils

See also[edit]

  • Sarona, a Templar settlement in the Plain of Sharon.


  1. ^ "Sharon Plain". Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2008-01-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Sharon Plain of Israel". Encarta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2008-01-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

Coordinates: 32°24′00″N 34°52′59″E / 32.400°N 34.883°E / 32.400; 34.883