Technically kikar means "square" as in Safra Square near City Hall Jerusalem. But ..the traffic circle is well..i guess - silly me...a circle is not a square is it? ... UNLESS, of course, it's in Israel.
Ok, here's the logic...i think!. A public square is where people gather, nachon? so...a traffic circle is really a square for automobiles and autobuses to gather..for a brief moment anyway..... except...well, in the this case it's not a square but a circle... i guess it is easier for the autos to manuever. ....Simple isn't it?
|Kikar Safra Jerusalem (Wikipedia)|
|Kikar Rabin in Tel Aviv (Wikipedia)|
In Tel Aviv, there is Kikar Rabin, also a very large public square for events, and with a long history.
However, Tel Aviv's Kikar HaMedina IS an actual traffic circle, an enormous one, lined with upscale boutique stores and restaurants. And the center of the circle, which could be beautiful, has a few trees but mostly unattractive parched dirt..not even grass. There are walkways through it; I think it's a location for homeless to congregate and sleep. Really, Tel Aviv you could do better than that at the most famous shopping kikar in the country !!
|Kikar HaMedina (Visual Travel)|
Directions are given in Jerusalem by landmarks more than by street names, and kikars play a big role in directions. "Go to the kikar at the bottom of the hill and take a right." Almost all of them are maintained with flowers and trees, are frequently updated with seasonal changes. Some are very beautiful. I have included a few photos of the kikars of Jerusalem, here and on this picasa link because I enjoy them, and want you to enjoy them too !!
Obviously the next best thing would be to come to Jerusalem and see for yourself!