How an 1800s Chapel Became One of Tel Aviv’s Top Lounge-Bars

Complete with century-old tales fit for a history book, The Chapel lounge-bar is located in The Jaffa — part of the Marriott’s Luxury Collection hotels.

The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
In 1875, the French businessman François Guinet vowed to build a sanctuary in Jaffa, for nobility and commoners making their way to Jerusalem.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
After returning to France to consult his friend King Louis V, who ended up sending his royal architects to Jaffa to purchase the land from the Ottomans, construction began and lasted four years.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
A small church was built in the heart of the top floor, featuring polygonal domes and breathtaking mosaic windows.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Today, this chapel is the site of an upscale, fashionable lounge-bar called The Chapel, located within The Jaffa hotel.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
The historic asset, developed by international real estate mogul Aby Rosen, in collaboration with famed architects Ramy Gill and John Pawson, took more than 10 years to erect.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
For 24 months, nearly a dozen workers with surgical knives slowly uncovered the original frescos under the acrylic layers in The Chapel.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
The pale blue star-studded skies of Bethlehem were retained just as they were found.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Also reinstated, among other artifacts, were the original stained-glass mosaic windows, restored by experts using crystal glass.
The Jaffa hotel Tel Aviv
courtesy: The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Be sure to enjoy this blast from the past when you’re in Jaffa, the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv.
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For more about The Jaffa hotel, visit their website.
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