JERUSALEM’S HISTORIC OTTOMAN-ERA
TRAIN STATION TO REOPEN AS ENTERTAINMENT HOTSPOT THIS APRIL
Jerusalem’s historic Ottoman-era train station will reopen as a major entertainment hotspot this April, boasting restaurants, art galleries and concert spaces.
The 1.7-acre complex will include seven restaurants, four ice cream and coffee stands, an expansive art gallery, a farmers’ market and a 2,000-person concert space.
Much care has been taken in the preservation of the original building — enlarged and beautified in 1898 for the visit to Jerusalem of Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II — to retain the elegant atmosphere of rail travel, including preservation and restoration of the wooden doors, stained glass windows and carved stone.
“The new train-station-turned entertainment complex is the perfect example of Jerusalem’s dynamic mix of historic and modern,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, “which also attests to the city’s growing reputation as one of the world’s most unique travel destinations.”
The complex will also host outdoor movie screenings beginning this summer and feature 30 food stalls selling local organic produce and artwork.