Rebirth of the Montefiore Windmill
Landmark structure just outside Old City is revitalized as a wine and visitors’ center following extensive renovations.
By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
January 10, 2019 08:30
3 minute read.
A CLOSE-UP view of the outside walls of the Montefiore Windmill..
(photo credit: MAYA MARGIT)
When British-Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore purchased a plot of land near Jerusalem’s Old City in the mid-19th century, he helped sow the seeds of the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the historic Ottoman-era walls. In the hopes of encouraging self-sufficiency and lifting the local Jewish population out of poverty, he also spearheaded the construction of a traditional Dutch windmill for the production of flour.
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