Jerusalem Tour Tips: Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe
Date of publication: 5/31/2015
If you're interested in learning everything there is to know about Jerusalem's endlessly fascinating tapestry of neighborhoods, jot down 'Beit Shmuel Hotel and Guest House' in your calendar when planning your next trip to Israel and it's capital Jerusalem. See also Jerusalem rentals around the old city/mamilla.
Among Jerusalem guesthouses, Beit Shmuel is unmatched in its variety of historical and archaeological tours that bring the stories of the city's neighborhoods to life.
One of the more popular Beit Shmuel Jerusalem tours focuses on the beautiful Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhoods.
Yemin Moshe ('Right Hand of Moses') is a breathtaking Jerusalem neighborhood built in the latter half of the 19th century by the British philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore in response to overcrowding within the walls of the Old City.
The first set of houses were called Mishkenot Sha'ananim ('Tranquil Dwellings'), the first Jewish properties to be built outside the Old City – on a hill directly across from Mount Zion.
Marking the birth of a modern Jerusalem, Mishkenot Sha'ananim has always been a symbol of a dynamic and evolving city. Simultaneously charming and inspiring, it offers a spectacular view of the Tower of David, the Old City walls and the Judean Desert.
The name Mishkenot Sha'ananim is based on the following Biblical verse: "My people will live in peaceful dwelling-places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest" (Isaiah 32, 18).
Widely regarded as one of the most serene spots in Jerusalem, the Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood was little more than a long structure with 22 apartments that was intended for the city's poverty-stricken residents when established in 1860.
In fact, living outside the Old City walls was considered so dangerous at the time that Montefiore provided annual support to whoever dared reside in the new neighborhood.
Among Jerusalem guesthouses, few are as intimately connected to the city's most cherished historical treasures as Beit Shmuel is. Situated but a few feet from Yemin Moshe's iconic windmill, the legendary King David Hotel and of course the Western Wall, Beit Shmuel's Tour Department is recognized as a leader in telling eternal Jerusalem's enthralling story, one neighborhood at a time.
Beit Shmuel's tours regularly delight visitors from around the world with tales about holy places, historic sites, outdoor markets and colorful Jerusalem neighborhoods.
In short,tours in Jerusalem do not get any better than Beit Shmuel's trek through Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe.
There are many hotels in city as well as countless tours in Jerusalem. However, Beit Shmuel's unique combination of top caliber accommodations and innovative in-