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Mamilla: New Luxury in the Old City

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/mamilla_new_luxury_in_the_old_city_20100528

On an unseasonably cold afternoon in mid-February, just as a flurry of snowflakes had prompted most Jerusalemites to hole up inside, I made the ascent from the city that plays to the city that prays. The dreary weather deepened the silent permanence blanketing this 4,000-year-old metropolis. But even more striking was the contrast between the ancient walls of the Old City and the dizzying opulence of the new $400 million Alrov Mamilla complex, a sprawling development linking the past and the present.

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