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Muristan (Jerusalem)

Muristan (Jerusalem)

Today Muristan is a small area South of Church of Sepulcher. It is lined by European styled buildings, several shops and a fountain.

 

 

 

 

 

Muristan Street, Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Muristan

Today Muristan is a small area South of Church of Sepulcher. It is lined by European styled buildings, several shops and a fountain. The name of the place Muristan is derived from Persian and means hospice for pilgrims. In the early medieval times this area was dotted by several hospitals and hospices for the Christians pilgrims who came to the site to pray. The first hospice was constructed here by Emperor Charlemagne in the 9th century after he got permission from the caliph Haroun el- Rashid. Later three churches were added including Saint John the Baptist that was reserved for the poor pilgrims. It still stands today in a good state of preservation. Other included Saint Mary Major of the Latins that was reserved for man and Saint Mary Minor that was reserved mostly for women. During medieval times a complex of hospitals and hospices houses over 2000 people, but over time the site was abandoned and many structures were torn down or reconstructed for private purposes.