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.
Rebirth of the Montefiore Windmill‏

A CLOSE-UP view of the outside walls of the Montefiore Windmill.. (photo credit: MAYA MARGIT)

 
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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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