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Mercaz Shimshon: The Blaustein Hall
The Blaustein Hall represents the central area of Mercaz Shimshon and was designed by international award-winning architect Moshe Safdie. Mercaz Shimshon is situated adjacent to Beit Shmuel and was opened in 2001. The hall is located on the building’s roof and represents a unique architectural work. It is covered by a large glass dome with a panoramic window offering a spectacular view of the historic and moving scenery of Jerusalem’s Old City with the Jaffa Gate and the Tower of David at its center.
The hall’s extraordinary glass ceiling is of varying height and reaches up to 12 meters. It consists of a number of geometric spaces and arches interlocking at different heights. The hall’s area comprises about 400 square meters and has no pillars.
Events taking place in the hall can accommodate up to 350 guests seated around tables. The hall’s front area features glass doors leading out onto a terrace with an open panorama offering a view of the Tower of David; it can accommodate an additional 120 persons.
Private and business functions at the Blaustein Hall combine an authentic and exciting Jerusalem experience with a complete culinary pleasure. Many of the events taking place on the premises are reserved by guests from all over the world who have heard that this special venue offers an extraordinary historic view.
The Beit Shmuel Patio
The Beit Shmuel Patio offers a beautiful and serene inner courtyard right in the heart of Jerusalem, tiled with Jerusalem flagstones, surrounded by stone arches and crisscrossed by narrow water channels. The patio is shaded by palms and other trees and strewn with luscious potted plants. This intimate courtyard presents an ideal venue for Jerusalem-style events during the day in the spring and fall as well as on balmy Jerusalem summer nights.
The patio offers room for up to 300 guests seated around tables, for receptions, festive cocktail parties and even live performances.
The Beit Shmuel Roof Terrace
The terrace looks out onto the Old City and the Tower of David on one side, and on the other onto the prestigious Mamilla complex. The luscious potted plants and breathtaking view make this location into an ideal venue for receptions and other elegant events.
The events taking place on the terrace are of an exclusive quality and are able to host up to 100 guests seated around tables. The terrace has no roof and is not used during the winter months as an area for separate events but as part of the Blaustein Hall.