Located 16km north of Jerusalem, at an elevation
of 900m above sea level on the crest of the mountain range,
Ramallah has a pleasant, cool climate and has long been a
popular summer resort.
During the 12th century, French Crusaders
built a stronghold in Ramallah and the remains of a Crusader
tower, known as al-Tira, can still be seen in the old part
Modern Ramallah was first settled around
1550. With its lively town center, museums, art galleries,
theaters, parks, a booming restaurant scene and a bustling
nightlife, Ramallah is a fast- growing cosmopolitan town.