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Jerusalem - New City

In the mid-19th century, Jerusalem began to expand beyond the walls. In the 1860s, the first neighborhoods outside the walls emerged: Mishkenot Shaananim and Mea Shearim. Philanthropist Moises Montefiori financed the construction of Mishkenot Shaananim, establishing seven windmills, of which two remain today, with the aim of motivating residents to abandon the walls and join the new neighborhoods.

In recent years, thanks to the leadership of Mayor Nir Barakat, the new city of Jerusalem has experienced remarkable modern growth. One of the most recent projects is the Light Rail (Rakevet Hakalá), which runs through the city from one end to the other, including the old city, making it a recommended option for getting around. Near the Jaffa Gate, the Mamilla Mall offers an avenue lined with cafes and shops. 

Not far from there, Ben Yehuda Street, Jerusalem's "main street," provides entertainment options for the whole family.

Visiting the impressive Holocaust Museum or exploring the bustling Mahane Yehuda market are must-see experiences for those exploring this land. Jerusalem's rich mix of cultures is also reflected in its cuisine, from ethnic restaurants to ancient cuisines and charming cafes.

​Other highlights in the new city include the Supreme Court, where you can witness a live trial, and the Knesset (the parliament).

Near the Mount of Olives, the Temple Mount Archaeological Project allows visitors to contribute to unearthing millennia-old history by participating in the revelation of treasures hidden for thousands of years.

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In the vicinity of the holy city, you will find historical and biblical sites such as Bethlehem (to visit Rachel's Tomb) and further south, Hebron (to explore the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Mearat Hamachpela, and connect with our roots).

​In terms of historical sites, the impressive Herodium, built by Herod the Great as his mausoleum, stands out. Some neighborhoods have retained their original quaint charm, and strolling among the old houses is a real delight. Jerusalem offers a wide variety of interesting sites from different eras, from Armon Hanatziv to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the Monastery of the Cross, the Monastery of Elijah, and the YMCA building.

Modern additions include the Supreme Court, the Israel Museum, the Biblical Zoo, the Knesset, Mount Herzl, and the Mahane Yehuda Market, with its unmatched blend of sounds, colors, flavors, and aromas.

For museum lovers, Jerusalem offers an abundance of options, including the Israel Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Bloomfield Museum of Science, the Rockefeller Museum, and the Museum of Islamic Art.

Truly, Jerusalem is a city that has to be experienced to be believed.

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