Intrigue on Disraeli Street

Even veteran residents might not know that Talbiyeh is home to a friary and the house was the setting for a murder mystery in a famous novel.

April 17, 2013 19:54
Disraeli Street

Disraeli Street521. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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One Saturday a few months ago, a friend asked if I would like to accompany her to a (free) concert at a monastery in Talbiyeh. Since I knew Talbiyeh rather well, I was taken by surprise.

Since when did Jerusalem’s most exclusive and, arguably, most beautiful neighborhood feature a monastery? To my delight, I learned that not only is there a friary (not a monastery, as it turns out) on Disraeli Street, but the acoustics in the chapel are extraordinary.


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