EuroBasket2017: Discover the Four Host Cities
Tel Aviv is the second-most populous city in Israel after Jerusalem. Situated on the Mediterranean coastline in central-west Israel, Tel Aviv has a population of 426,138. The city is the focal point of the larger Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area, which contains over 3.7 million residents, 42% of the country’s population.
The city was founded in 1909 by Jewish immigrants on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa. The modern city’s first neighborhoods had already been established in 1886, the first being Neve Tzedek. Immigration by mostly Jewish refugees meant that the growth of Tel Aviv soon outpaced Jaffa’s, which had a majority Arab population at the time. Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel. Tel Aviv’s White City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, and comprises of the world’s largest concentration of International Style buildings (Bauhaus and other related modernist architectural styles).
Tel Aviv is a global city, and is one of the most important financial centers in the world. Tel Aviv has the third-largest economy of any city in the Middle East after Abu Dhabi and Tehran. The city receives over a million international visitors annually. Known as “The City that Never Sleeps” and a “party capital”, it has a lively nightlife, dynamic atmosphere and a famous 24-hour culture.
Finnish capital since 1812, Helsinki is by far the biggest city in Finland as well as one of the biggest cities in Northern Europe with over a million inhabitants in its Greater Metropolitan region.
King of Sweden, Gustav Vasa, founded Helsinki in 1550 as a trading post to compete with the Hanseatic city of Tallinn. It took nearly three centuries for the city to start to blossom. When Russia annexed Finland from Sweden, Russian Czar Alexander I gave his architects the task to renew the Helsinki cityscape to become a “sister city” of storied St. Petersburg.
Helsinki of today is a modern, compact and stunningly beautiful city surrounded by sea and a vast archipelago filled with culture, history, business possibilities, entertainment and world class architecture. Helsinki is a unique mix of both western and Russian influences and at the same time vast and approachable, big and intimate, busy and calm.
Summertime Helsinki is unique even by global standards. Its numerous parks and promenades invite both locals and visitors to enjoy the endless days and night less nights of Scandinavia. Don’t be scared of the latitude; The Gulf Stream assures that daily summer temperatures in Helsinki comfortably reach between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.
A third of Helsinki is covered in green areas with a large Central Park and forests spread out just outside the city centre. Virtually every corner of Helsinki is covered with one of the best public transportation systems in the world, while the whole city centre area is easily covered by foot or by bike.
While most visitors spend their days around the city centre area around the Central Railway Station and make a day trip to UNESCO heritage site of Suomenlinna Fortress (only 15 minutes by boat from Market Square), there are plenty of interesting places to roam such as the historic administration district of Kruununhaka, the lively Kallio region filled with young people and artists and even modern Ruoholahti with its canals, parks and cafés
“The God and human, the nature and the art are together in there, they have created such a perfect place that is valuable to see.” Alphonse de Lamartine’s famous poetic line reveals his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.
Istanbul – historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople – is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth-largest city in the world with a population of 13.8 million people. It is also a mega city as well as being the cultural and financial centre of Turkey. In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330-395 AD), the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261) and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922).
The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 and chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires – Christian and Islamic
Located in the heart of picturesque Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca has a unique charm, given its 2000 years of history, its geographical location and its people. Time passes differently here, and people take the time to greet and walk among the flowering trees in the Botanical Garden. You can see the reflection of the rays of the sun in the twin buildings of Mirror Street and smile as they invite you to discover the local culture and traditions.
Cluj is an ancient center of culture and civilization, known since Roman times. It was one of the main settlements of the Daco-Roman province, and was called Napoca. .
Today, Cluj-Napoca is the second largest city in the country, located in the center of Cluj County and covers an area of 179.5 km.