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The city of Herzliya is named after Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism.
Herzliya was founded in 1924.

On the town's northern coast, a national park features the ruins of Apollonia (Arsuf),
which was a town of some seventeen centuries' standing when it was destroyed
during the expulsion of the Crusaders.

On a hill on the northwest side of Herzliya, beyond the little suburban districts of Nof
Yam and Reshef, is the minaret of the shrine of Sidna Ali (Our Lord Ali), a Muslim
holy man who was killed fighting the Crusaders.