Three sides compose the Jerusalem triangle in the city center, Jaffa road, king George Street and Ben Yehuda Street. They were built by the British as a commercial space between the different Jewish neighborhoods. During its years of glory the area contained the cafes, shops and the first cinema of the Jerusalem bourgeoisie. Today you will find lots of souvenir shops, cafes and fast food stands. There are several art works and murals painted along these main streets. While walking down the streets open your eyes and look up every now and then.
Throughout history, all the visitors who came to the city
came through the port in Jaffa. There was one road that
connected between the two cities.
Until today the main road in Jaffa is called Jerusalem Road
and of course the main street in Jerusalem is Jaffa.
The road was paved by the Turks in 1861 but only in the
beginning of the British mandate in the beginning of the
20th century, cars switched the carriages and horses.
Today a great part is being used by pedestrians and the tram.
Along this main street the city’s establishments were build:
hotels, first cinema, main market, city hall and others.
On the corner of Jaffa and King George streets there is a
mural that describes the history of transportation in Jerusalem.
It shows the different vehicles that passed in the streets of
the street and predicted the future. The painting was completed before the light train was done.
It shows today’s situation but as a theater scene displayed on a side of the building.
Named after Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who was the driving
spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew language
in the modern era.
Built during the 20’s by the British and became the place
of the city bourgeois. The façade of Sensor building is in a
The building host the first cigarettes factory in the city
and some of the popular bars of the 30’s and 40’s.
The pedestrian street extends from Zion Square to King
George Street, till the ’80 cars drove along the road.
Today it is full with souvenir shops and fast food stands.
On the corner with HaHistadrut Street there is a mural,
“the children of Jerusalem”.
A lot of the boys are wearing the yellow shirt of the soccer
team Beytar. If you will look carefully at the left side of the central balcony
you’ll notice the leftovers from the last winter: a small snow man cooling near the air conditioner.
Named after King George the 5th, king of England during the 20’s.
The inauguration took place in 1924, in the presence of
Sir Herbert Samuel, the High Commissioner for Palestine,
Sir Ronald Storrs, the military governor of Jerusalem,
and Raghib al-Nashashibi, the Arab mayor of Jerusalem.
A commemorative plaque to this event is hung on the main
junction with Jaffa road. In the local dialect the Junction is c
alled the X junction.
In the past there was a pedestrian crossing at the shape of an X
that connected between all sides of the intersection.
Most of the buildings on this street were designed in the
international or the Bauhaus style that was very common
during the 30’s and 40’s. In the middle of the street,
hidden behind a bus station,
stands a small part of the façade of the Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School.
It was built in 1868 by Conrad Schick, a protestant German architect.
The name of the school refers to the miracle mentioned in the gospel according to Mark.
Along this street you will also find Froumine House that hosted the Israeli Knesset,
the Jewish agency and the national institutes and the great synagogue of Jerusalem.
King George Street turns into Keren Ha’Yesod Street that ends at the Liberty Bell Park.
An excellent place for a rest or a picnic.
A walk between these streets of the city will reveal some of the new history and art works of the city.