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A-Z Challenge: N is for Nahalat Shiva and Nachlaot

Overcrowding in the old city of Jerusalem caused residents to venture out of the city walls.

Jerusalem - Nahalat Shiva

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Nahalat Shiva was the third neighbourhood to be built outside the walls and was founded in 1869. Its name means the land or heritage of the seven and refers to the seven people who joined forces to buy the land.

All the residents of a neighbourhood would have known each other and would have been very suspicious of strangers – rather like this dog and cat.

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Jerusalem - Nachlaot

Nachlaot consists of a cluster of neighbourhoods. The first, Mishkenot Yisrael, was built in 1875. All the neighbourhoods were originally intended for specific communities – Jews from different lands. Nowadays, no such separation is necessary.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

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