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“Quiet, medieval garden, sadly the prey of real estate moguls”

Mamilla Cemetery & Mamilla Pool Reservoir
Reviewed 12 February 2014

This very ancient Muslim cemetery / garden is a nice, quiet place to walk and meditate, a stone's throw from the busy city center. Sadly this very ancient place has recently fallen prey to real estate moguls who are planning on destroying part of the cemetery to build some luxury compound on it. Once we were taking photos with a friend when two guards came and told us it was forbidden to take pics because, quote, "the landscape now belongs to a millionaire who bought the place and will soon destroy it". That was very bizarre. I cannot understand how the municipality can plan on letting some real estate investor destroy a medieval cemetery and garden in one of the world's holiest cities.

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Reviewed 12 December 2013

At first glance this cemetery and the pool are an eyesore. Over the years I have come to appreciate the natural tranquility and desolation as a welcome relief as I cut through along the walkways from King David Street to Ben Yehuda/Jaffa Road.

The grounds are slowly being tidied up, but there is still visible evidence of continued littering in spots. More people now walk there dogs here and one can sit on a stone or wall in speldid isolation in the sun and contemplate the many broken graves.

Though I do not know any Arabic, the lettering on the stones is lovely and was obviously placed there by people who cared for the deceased. Various styles and patterns are clearly evident.

Some days there are a pair of green parrots in the higher branches of the trees. Apparently they were released into the wild and are not domestic Israeli wildlife. Their calling to each other is a welcome distraction from the nereby traffic.

Across the street the restored Waldorf Astoria Hotel is nearing completion. I have a soft spot for this building as I have been watching the work progress for some 8 years now and it is being carried by the Reichmann Brothers of Toronto.

Further up the street on the same side is the United States Consulate with its attendant security out buildings.

The pool is directly opposite it and though empty and unremarkable today, it's construction must have been an signifigant undertaking in its heyday.

Parts of Independance Park were being re-sodded this past summer complete with rollers and sprinklers ! This struck me as curious as I had never considered Israel as being a country in which sod would have been used. It will be nteresting to see how it has over-wintered.

One can sit on the grass with a coffee or Siddur and contemplate life in present day Jerusalem.

Enjoy your time there.

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