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Touring the Streets of Jerusalem - Together

Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Hidden Gem in Jerusalem

If you mention alleyways, artists, and antique apartments, the neighborhood most people conjure up in their minds is Nachlaot.

But there is another neighborhood hidden away in Jerusalem with much of the same look, charm and character, but unfamiliar to many, even native Jerusalemites.

Located at the edge of Meah Shearim, right near the Ministry of Education, Musrara started off as cheap housing for new immigrants from North Africa (It was also a home for the "Black Panthers").

It is a small neighborhood of brick tiled roads, green filled alleyways, and quiet streets.

A few years ago, artists began moving in as it was inexpensive, and then, more recently, the more financially endowed found out about this hidden charm of a neighborhood. Like Nachlaot it became a mixture of three different cultures: aged, artist, and affluent.

Pictured below are some of the streets in the neighborhood, including Heleni HaMalka (named after a queen from the 1st century who converted to Judaism and helped feed the people of Jerusalem. She was buried near the Mount of Olives), Daniel Street and Hulda HaNeviah Street.


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