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Katamon is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Jerusalem. It is a residential neighborhood located south west of the Old City, past the German Colony, and it contains many architectural gems.
Until the early 20th century this used to be agricultural land owned by the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate: The name "Katamon" is probably derived from the Greek "kato monastiri", being adjacent to the Greek-orthodox monastery of San Simon. In the 1920s the British Mandate authorities of the Land of Israel made Jerusalem its capital, and started massive building projects. The Greek Orthodox church needed the cash and sold the land it owned in the Katamon area.
Soon a new, beautiful garden neighborhood sprang up, with exclusive villas which rich Arab families built. The houses were all built from stone, according to the new law passed by the Mandate authorities; many of them display Middle-Eastern-style arches and decorations and the fashionable Armenian blue mosaic tiles. Other houses were built in the new International Style, with clean straight lines. Beautiful gardens surround the houses.
Today some of the houses in Katamon are private, others belong to public institutions and foreign consulates. For example, the Milken house (first two photos) initially belonged to the Arab hotelier Murkus, at a later period it went back to the German architect who designed it, still later it belonged to the consulate of Uruguay, today it houses the Jerusalem Institute of Public Affairs...
Katamon is a piece in the big and complex jigsaw puzzle of Jerusalem
Address: Around Rachel Immenu Street.
Directions: South-west of the German Colony.
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