Thursday, July 17, 2008

Montefiore's Windmill

On the left, the tower of the YMCA. On the right, the King David Hotel.
The bridge was built by Moses Montefiore, a Jewish British philanthropist at the middle of the ninetheenth century. His goal was to attract the Jewish population outside the Old City's walls by giving them the means to work. The quarter, Yemin Moshe (Moses' Windmill) is one of the first quarters to have been built outside the walls of the Old City.
Other habitations he built nearby, Mishkenot Shaananim, are now used to host artists of international reputation during their sabbatical in Israel.
At the time the Jewish population represented at least half of the population of Jerusalem.

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