Beersheba (בְּאֵר שֶׁבַע), Israel (מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל)

 

Location:

  • South District, State of Israel
  • 31°14′59.18″N 34°47′58.95″E

Population:

  • City - 194,300 (2009 est)

Info:

  • Beersheva’s importance is due to its central location in the Negev and due to its many water wells which allowed for urban development 
  • The Battle of Beersheba, fought on October 31, 1917, was part of a wider British offensive in World War I aimed at breaking the Turkish defensive line from Gaza to Beersheba.  The offensive ultimately resulted in the capiture of Jerusalem by the end of 1917 by a combined British/Commonwealth force
  •  Beersheba is well known as a ”laboratory” for Israeli architecture, starting with the construction of a new-style public housing complex in the Mishol Girit neighborhood in the late 1950s
  • Became a sister city of Winnipeg on May 15, 1984

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