Old-world charm

Katamon mixes the old with the new, with beautiful Arab buildings from the early 20th century alongside smaller single-family homes built after 1948.

June 12, 2014 11:49

The neighborhood is officially called Gonen, but it is better known as Katamon.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Katamon is one of those Jerusalem neighborhoods that has retained its rural air.

Built on land owned by the Greek Orthodox Church, which was and probably still is Jerusalem’s largest landowner, the name “Katamon” is Greek and means “under the monastery.” The particular monastery in question is San (saint in Greek) Simeon, built over the tomb of Simeon, the devout Jerusalemite who, according to the Gospel of Luke, met Joseph and Mary in the Temple when they brought the infant Jesus.


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