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Paulus-Haus belongs to the "German Society for the Holy Land", founded in 1855. It is startegically placed opposite Damascus Gate. Built in 1908 as a hostel for German pilgrims, today it functions as a hotel; a newer wing houses an Arab girls' school. During the British Mandate period it was used for British government offices, but in the 1950s it was returned to the hands of the German Society for the Holy Land.
The highlight of a visit today is the rooftop view: You can seethe Old City walls and Damascus Gate, with its hustle and bustle, immediately below you; then inside the walls The Christian Quarter with its domes and spires on the right, the Moslem Quarter with its closely-packed houses on the left, leading to the golden Dome of the Rock.
Further out along the walls you have a view of Herod's Gate and the Rockefeller Museum to the east, Notre Dame and some prominent buildings of the new city to the west. Magnificent!
Inside Paulus Haus there is an Imperial Reception Room, fit for the German Kaiser, and in the basement a small museum containing, among other items, a few miniature models of the Temple Mount in different historical periods by Conrad Schick (1822-1901), an illustrious 19th century German scholar (archeologist, architect, cartographer, carpenter...).
Address: 2 Derech Shechem (Nablus Road), Jerusalem
Directions: Opposite Damascus Gate
othercontact: Fax: +972-2-6272397
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