Russian Compound


Dominated by the green domes of its Church of the Holy Trinity, this compound was acquired by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1860 to strengthen the Russian imperial presence in the Holy Land. In the last years of the British Mandate, it and nearby streets were turned into a fortified administrative zone nicknamed ‘Bevingrad’ by Palestinian Jews after the reviled British foreign secretary Ernest Bevin.

Today it's home to Jerusalem’s central police station, law courts and soon a massive 37,100-sq-metre new campus for the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Sciences (scheduled for completion in 2021). With galleries, classrooms, shops and 2500 full-time students, it is likely to transform the neighbourhood.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Jerusalem attractions

1. Underground Prisoners Museum

0.13 MILES

Few travellers are aware of this fascinating museum about the struggle of the Jewish underground's efforts to oust the British and create Israel. It's…

2. New Gate

0.21 MILES

Perhaps challenging your definition of 'new', the New Gate was completed in 1889 under Sultan Abdul Hamid, to allow direct access from the newly built…

3. Hebrew Music Museum

0.26 MILES

The Hebrew Music Museum offers a mix of history lessons and noisemaking so that all visitors can explore to the tune of their own song. The museum is…

4. Ticho House

0.29 MILES

Nestled in a quiet green space off Jerusalem's bustling Zion Sq, Ticho House is home to galleries that showcase the work of a beloved Jerusalem artist,…

5. Museum of Italian Jewish Art

0.31 MILES

A baroque-style synagogue, twinkling with gold vine leaves and decorative arches, is the focal point of this overlooked museum. Transported across the…

6. Hebrew Union College

0.33 MILES

With a conical glass roof feature, the Reform Movement’s educational and cultural complex is an arresting feature of Jerusalem's downtown skyline. Part of…

7. Museum on the Seam

0.37 MILES

Located on the 'seam' (border) between East and West Jerusalem, this gallery presents rotating contemporary art exhibitions, often exploring themes of…

8. Garden Tomb

0.37 MILES

Away from the din of Derekh Shchem (Nablus) Rd is a tranquil patch of green, considered by its trustees to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of…