The sign shape is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel
The water tower was photographed that day, in the first picture you can see Herzls painting standing on the balcony and Herzls saying "If you will it, it is no dream", and in the second the tiled roof added to the tower Click for a larger image Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Symbol of the Kiryat Ekron local council
Symbol of the Ministry of Culture and Sports
Symbol of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage Water Tower - Kiryat Ekron
The tower was built, in the early 1940s, by the British army, in the Arab village of Akir, later Kiryat Ekron. The construction of the tower was intended to bring peace between the villagers and the military presence in the area and the Jewish settlement, which grew with the purchase of the land by the heads of the settlements around before and after the 1939 riots.
The location of the tower on the hill, overlooking the Roman road to Jerusalem, which was used by the Haganah convoys during the War of Independence.
The tower was built of exposed concrete mixed with plum sand, typical of the period when the tower was built. Over the years, the concrete canopy in plaster and paint. Its shape is cylindrical and it rises to a height of about 4 meters. The tower stands on 4 concrete pillars at a height of about 2.5 meters.
Over the years, a painting of Herzl standing on a terrace in Basel was added to the tower, and a sloping roof covered with red tiles was added.
In November 2019, rescue work was carried out on the tower and it was decided to leave the painting and the roof covered with tiles (although they were not originally), as they became part of the local landscape and were even commemorated in the council emblem.
The rescue work was carried out by the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel, with the assistance of the Heritage Division of the Jerusalem and Heritage Ministry, the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Engineering Division of the Kiryat Ekron Local Council.