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“Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem , Israel”

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Mishkenot Sha'ananim Conference Center , is an historic site of Jerusalem, located in a green area near the Montefiori Windmill. Montefiori is the benefactor that bought the land outside the Western Wall to create this cultural Center. It has a restaurant and Hotel limited only to selected invited guests. Among the guests was John Le Carre and Saul Below after he received the Nobel prize for literature. There are always cultural events that include art exhibitions and conferences presented by renowned artists or scientists from Israel and abroad. The last speaker of this November lecture encounters between scientists and artists was Dan Sechtman who received this year the chemistry Nobel Prize .

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

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I had the opportunity to stay here for a week on a recent visit to Jerusalem. I considered it an honour to stay here, as they only accept scholars, artists, and writers as guests (as far as I know). The rooms are historic, and the environment is very pretty, with gardens, pathways, and a nice nearby neighbourhood. I stayed in a deluxe suite for the first 3 nights and then transferred to the lower-cost single room. Both were very nice, and clean. They could certainly use some updating, but they were comfortable and clean.

The location is perfect - steps from the Jaffa gate, I had breakfast every morning on a terrace which looked toward the walls of the Old City. I was treated to the sounds of Jerusalem like church bells and calls to prayer. It was quite moving.

I had two main criticisms of this place:
1) The wifi is horrifically expensive - in the range of $20 per day. Considering this place is aimed at scholars and artists, to charge that much for such an essential service is crazy. Luckily, I was able to get 3G cell phone access for a very cheap price through Golan Telecom. Unfortunately, the inner rooms on the bottom floor had very poor cell service. :(

2) The ladies at the desk at night really weren't quite sure what to do. Whenever an issue came up (e.g. asking if I could stay in a room a night longer, asking if I could check out a day early, problems with Internet), they couldn't help at all. They had to wait for the daytime staff. This was problematic when I was away during the day.

Overall, this was a very interesting place, and I would certainly love to stay here again if they fixed some of their issues.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I was looking for a place to sit down and draw some beautiful scenery, and then I stumbled upon Mishkenot Sha'ananim. I was there during a mid-September afternoon. Montefiore's white windmill is one of the most plain, simple and beautiful things I have ever seen in Israel. The gentle wind made it move around slowly. I got onto the observation deck that overooks a beautiful church, David's Tower and some other beautiful buildings of Jerusalem. There wasn't a soul on the observation deck when I was there, and it was very quiet and calm. It was a great and beautiful experience. Then I climbed down the stairs and looked around the houses that are part of Mishkenot Sha'ananim. They are picturesque just like the scene that is reflected from the observation deck, and there are flowers everywhere. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! If you love beautiful, calm scenes, you should without a doubt stop at Montefiore's windmill.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

At the time when people lived only within the confines of the old city walls, in the name of security, where everything was crowded and filthy,one man , Moses Montefiore, had a vision. The vision of a Jerusalem beyond the city walls where people could live in more comfort and peace. He built a complex of houses with the inviting name of "peaceful dwellings", Mishkenot Sha'ananim. People were still apprehensive so he paid them to live outside. Some of them took the money, left the city walls by day and returned at night to their own homes. He built a windmill, (which, by the way, never worked), which is still standing today as a monument to a great man. Today, this windmill houses a museum with artifacts from his era. one of the exhibits is Montefiore's horse-driven carriage. This was almost destroyed by fire in the middle of the last century but was restored to its original glory by capable artists. This is also a favourite spot for Israeli couples to take their wedding photos. Mishkenot Sha'ananim hosts a music academy, an artists colony, The Italian Synagogue, a convention center, a great guest-house and other landmarks. It overlooks "The Sultan's Pool", which used to be an enormous water resorvoire, (built by Sultan Suliman), but is now an open-air theatre which hosts artists, entertainers and shows from all over the world. It is alo adjacent to the Hutsot-Hayotser artists colony. It is wonderful to sit on the grass of the lawns adjacent to the neibourhood, maybe next to one of the fountains and enjoy the panorama of the old-city walls, Jaffa Gate, David's Tower, Mount Zion, Zion Gate, and the valley of Hinnom or walk through the many pathways within the colony. If you are lucky, your visit will coincide with the ringing of all the churchbells of the many churches in the area, (Greek, Russian, Armenian, and others), all at the same time and all in perfect harmony. There is also an excellent restaurant, (I was taken there once by a guest), but the prices are exhorbitant to my standards.

A great place for an easy afternoon!

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We stayed here for 10 days recently. A fantastic part of the city very tranquil and beautiful. Lovely walks around the lovely houses and gardens. The area overlooks the Old Walls of the City,i t was the very first neighbourhood built outside of the Old CIty. Its a very safe place to take an early morning stroll.

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