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Prince Sergey was a Romanov: the son of the Russian Czar Alexander the 2nd and the nominated successor of Czar Nicolai the 2nd. He was also the head of the Russian Pravoslav Society for the Holy Land in the late 19th century. His father initiated the construction of the Russian Compound outside the Jerusalem city walls in 1860, with a beautiful church and gardens, a hospital and hostels for Russian pilgrims. By 1890 there was a need for more accomodation for higher-class pilgrims, and a sumptuous hotel was built at the edge of the Russian Compound; this was named Sergey's Court. Famous guests included Rasputin and Nicolai Gogol. After WW I, during the British mandate period, Sergey's Court was an office building. Today it houses the offices of the Israeli Society for the Protection of Nature.
In 2008 the Israeli government agreed to the Russians' request to return the building to them.
The exterior is impressive, with a European-looking turret in the corner. Entering the gate you reach a courtyard, and looking around you can appreciate the old splendor of this place. There is a library and an information center. On Fridays there is a free market - bring whatever you want to give away, take whatever you need. Nice idea!
Address: 13 Heleni Ha-Malka St., Jerusalem
Directions: Between Jaffa Rd and Ha-Nevi'im St.
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