It was one of the neighborhoods built in Jerusalem during the 19th century outside the ancient walls.
Destroyed partially during the wars and rebuilt only at the beginning of the 21st century as an open mall,
luxuries residence and hotel.
Some of the original building host shops.
Walking through the mall you’ll see buildings with numbers painted on the bricks,
a church with a statue of the Virgin looking down.
In Arabic means the one who comes from God.
That is the name giving to the area during the Muslim period.
Across the road from the mall, in front of the Waldorf Astoria hotel,
there is one of the three cisterns built by King Herod more than two thousand years ago.
Both the pool and the Muslim cemetery bear the same name of Mamila.
Till 1888 there was nothing outside Jaffa gate.
In that year the church of Saint Vincent de Paul was built with an orphanage school and a hospital.
That is the reason that Mary is looking down to see the new summer collection.
During the seventies there were several plans of rehabilitating the neighborhood near Jaffa gate.
It was the main street that welcomed the pilgrims and the tourist to the old city like it is today.
This was the longest and the most expensive conservation in the history of Israel.
One of the main conditions was to keep the old buildings.
Some changes needed to be done and the old buildings moved to the beginning of the mall.
Today you can distinguish them from the new structures because the still have the bricks numbers on them.
Numbers were given to each and every brick in order to rebuild them a couple of meters away from their original place.
Next time that you walk in or out the old city doing windows shopping look at the buildings that host the shops.