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Places to visit in Jerusalem – the city center

Jerusalem city center – el al's list of recommendations

Jerusalem city center – attractions you don't want to miss

Residents of the Israeli metropolis regard the district bound by King George, Hillel, and Jaffa streets and Mamilla boulevard as the center of the city. And the wonderful neighborhood of Nahalat Shiv'a could be called its heart. Every day thousands of residents and guests visit Jerusalem City Center. It embodies striking example of multiculturalism. Strolling through the City Center is nothing like a tour on the Old City. The City Center offers multitude of cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, and museums.

Locations to visit in Jerusalem

Nahalat Shiv'a
You should certainly visit this picturesque neighborhood, because there are plenty cafes, bars, hotels, and shops there. If you drop into its buildings’ tiny courtyards, you will immediately immerse into the atmosphere of the old Jerusalem.

Ben Yehuda Street
Ben Yehuda is one of Jerusalem’s major pedestrian streets, where car traffic is prohibited. Shops, booths, stalls, and stands are all over the street. Here and there you can see street musicians and artists and multiple gyro and falafel stalls. Life is in full swing there day and night, as well as in the neighboring King George Street with its similarly brisk trade.

Feingold Courtyard
Jerusalem is full of surprises. One of them is Feingold Courtyard hidden in a small lane near Jaffa Street. Here is one of the best restaurants in the city. Its romantic atmosphere disposes to deliberation. One would not want to leave such a lovely place.
Jaffa st., 31.

Safra Square
Safra Square houses the building of the City Hall. Nearby is Daniel Garden. Usually, it is the meeting place for the guided tours.

Independence Park (Gan HaAtzmaut)
If you wish to rest from the city's hubbub, you should come here. It is a large, green park full of silence. On Thursdays, at 17:00 yoga lessons are given for free here.

The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem
Wonderful architecture is the synagogue's hallmark. The synagogue is ornamented with stained-glass windows with golden patterns. The world's best cantor and chore sing here. That is why you'd better visit it on Saturdays and holidays, so that you could enjoy its enchanting music.
King George Street, 58.

Ticho House
It is one of the first buildings built outside the Old City. It exhibits unique works by the artist Anna Ticho. Their main theme are Jerusalem urban landscapes. Anna Ticho lived in the house. Here you can get a glimpse on the way of life of Jerusalem population in the beginning of 20th century. The artist bequeathed her house to Jerusalem, and today there is an arts center, where, by the way, jazz parties take place.
HaRav Kook st., 7. Tel. 02-6230025. Open: Sun., Mon., Wed., Thu. 10:00 – 17:00, Tue. 10:00 – 22:00, Fri. 10:00 – 14:00.

The Museum of Psalms
The museum houses unique art collection of Moshe Tzvi HaLevi, who depicted in his pictures most part of the Book of Psalms. He had been working on his collection for 7 years, using 7 colors of rainbow and abstractionist manner.
HaRav Kook st., 9. Tel. 02-6230025. Open: Sun. – Fri. 10:00 – 17:00.

Vision Fine Art Photography Gallery
The gallery is located in the very center of Nahalat Shiv'a neighborhood. It houses a collection of 19th century vintage photographs as well as photographic works on a wide range of themes by contemporary fine Israeli and foreign photographers.
Yosef Rivlin Street, 18. Tel. 02-6222253. Open: Sun. and Wed. 16:00 – 20:0, Fri. – Sat. 12:00 – 20:00.

Agripas, 12
The gallery houses the works by 15 artists and photographers living and working in Jerusalem.
Agripas, 12. Tel. 02-6233257. Opening hours: Tue. – Thu. 16:30 – 19:30, Fri. – Sat. 11:00 – 14:00.

Barbour Gallery
Five young graduates of Bezalel academy founded this gallery to promote non-commercial art.
Shirzili st. 6 (Nakhlaot). Tel. 02-6233257. Open on: Tue. – Thu. 14:00 – 18:00, Fri. 11:00 – 14:00.
Museum of Italian Jewish Art
The museum exhibits the displays from Italy dating back to Renaissance and Baroque.
Hillel st., 27. Tel. 02-6241610. Open: Sun., Tue., Wed. 10:00 – 17:00, Thu. 12:00 – 21:00, Fri. 10:00 – 13:00.

Jerusalem Artists' House
Since 1965 the house belongs to the association of Jerusalem artists. Gradually it turned into an exhibition center of Israeli and foreign authors.
Shmuel HaNagid., 12. Tel. 02-6253653. Open: Sun. – Thu. 10:00 – 13:00, 16:00 – 19:00, Fri. 11:00 – 14:00.

Avi Chai Home
In Avi Chai Home, there is a cultural center for study and promotion of Jewish and Israeli values. Every day they give lectures here. The center has a library and a photographic collection on Israeli themes.
King George st., 4. Tel. 02-6215300.

YMCA Center
Here is Pan-Israeli cultural center. The architectural complex it occupies is unusual. It was designed by the architect of the American skyscraper Empire State Building. In the centre there is a restaurant and a hotel. If you get to the upper floor by an elevator, you will see magnificent Jerusalem landscapes.
King David st., 26. Tel. 02-5692692.

German Colony Neighborhood (Ha-Moshava Ha-Germanit)
The neighborhood was founded in the second half of 19th century by the German Templars. It is notable for its North-European architecture and exceptionally cordial atmosphere. The neighborhood's high street is Emek Ha-Rafaim. Its shops and restaurants are never vacant.

The Museum of Islamic Art
The museum houses and exhibits hundreds of pieces of art from the Muslim countries, which had been having made for many centuries. In addition, museum presents a large collection of antique clocks, music boxes, and jukeboxes. Ha-Palmah St. 2. Tel. 02-5661291. Open on: Sun., Mon., and Wed. 10:00 – 15:00, Tue. and Wed. 10:00 – 19:00, Fri. 10:00 – 14:00, Sat. 10:00 – 16:00.

Al HaTefer Museum (The Museum On the Seam)
The museum stands on the former borderline, which once divided the city between Israel and Jordan. In that time the building was called “Tourjeman House”, and until the unification of Jerusalem it was used as the only checkpoint, where one could get from one part of the city to the other. The museum provides multimedia exhibitions and video. The guides tell their visitors about the history of Jewish-Arab conflict, paying special attention on ideas of peaceful coexistence and tolerance. Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem provide such an example. They learned to live in a neighborly way.
Heil HaHandasa, 4. Tel. 02-6281278. Open: Sun. – Thu. 10:00 – 17:00, Tue. 10:00 – 21:00, Fri. 10:00 – 14:00.

Presidential Residence
This is the official residence of the Israeli President. In this house he meets politicians, foreign ambassadors, and official delegations from various countries. You have to book a tour in advance.
HaNassi st., Tel. 02-6702129.

The Typography
This is the biggest typographic manufacture in Israel. It is located in the house built in the days of the Ottoman Empire. On the second floor there is a constant exhibition of printed works.
Shivtei Yisrael, 38. Tel. 02-6288614. Open: Sun. – Thu. 10:00 – 15:00, Fri. 09:00 – 17:00.

The Ethiopian Church
This church was erected in 19th century. It is ornamented with colored carpets and paintings. On some of them one can see the story of meeting of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba.
Ethiopia st., 10. Tel. 02-6286871.

Museum of the Underground Prisoners
In the days of the British mandate, in this building there was a central prison. The fighters of Hagana, Etzel, and Lehi organizations served here their sentences. In 1991, the building was given to the Ministry of Defence. It turned it into the museum of Jewish struggle for independence. After restoration the punishment cell, the room for executions, and the room for prayers acquired their initial appearance. The exhibition is based on the accounts of the members of the underground, who were prisoners here.
HaHagana st., 10. Tel. 02-6333166. Open: Sun. – Thu. 09:00 – 17:00.

Mahane Yehuda Market
Though not an historical site, Mahane Yehuda has to be visited without fail. This market appeared in the center of the district of the same name, which had been building since the end of the 19th century. Magic colors and aromas of the market will accompany you, even if you fly away to another continent. Fresh and cheap foodstuffs are always abundant here. Chefs from the most acclaimed restaurants come to the market in the morning to be ready to impress their guests. In the market, nobody will agree with the saying "Neither fish, nor fowl". There are fish and fowl, spices and sweets, fruits and vegetables, clothing and footwear, souvenirs and valuable. In small restaurants, away from the city hustle and bustle, you can eat as you would have never dreamt in any large restaurant, not to say about domestic atmosphere of peace and quiet. During election campaigns, politicians go there to buy something and attain voters' support. On Friday mornings, when the city-dwellers lay in a stock of foodstuffs for the traditional Shabbat (Friday) meal, the market is especially crowded. It is located between Jaffa and Agripas streets. Open on: Sun. – Fri. 10:00 – 19:00, Fri. 09:00 – 15:00.

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