The city of Tel-Aviv began in 1909 on the outskirts of the nearby ancient port city of Jaffa, when Jewish settlers founded the city. The city grew rapidly and in 1950 Jaffa and Tel-Aviv were merged into one municipality. Tel-Aviv is a young, vibrant and hip city, although not the capital of Israel (which is Jerusalem) Tel-Aviv-Jaffa is home to many of the finest museums, theatres, beaches, markets and nightclubs in the country. Tel-Aviv is known as the party capital of the Middle East and as the City that Never Sleeps. Tel-Aviv is nicknamed the “White City” because of the high concentration of Bauhaus architecture; this has also earned it UNESCO statues.