Montefiore Windmill

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Montefiore Windmill information

Jerusalem , Israel
Opening hours
museum 9am-4pm Sun-Thu, to 1pm Fri
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The small Yemin Moshe neighbourhood can be identified immediately by its Montefiore windmill , actually one of the first structures to be built outside the secure confines of the Old City.

The neighbourhood was part of a scheme developed by English Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore, who visited the Holy Land seven times in the mid-19th century. Hoping to aid the Jews living in Jerusalem, and seeking to ease overcrowding within the city walls, Montefiore built a block of 24 apartments, a development known as Mishkenot Sha’ananim (Tranquil Dwellings). The windmill was built in 1857 to provide the basis for a flour industry. The scheme failed and the Montefiore windmill is now an eccentric landmark serving as a museum dedicated to Montefiore.