The Mamilla neighborhood, built in the 19th century outside the walls of the Old City and adjacent to the Jaffa Gate, is a natural and vital bridge connecting Jerusalem of old and new and is of great significance to Jerusalem history.
Mamilla dates back in Jerusalem history to the site of a water reservoir built by King Herod during the Second Temple period (1st -century BCE) and a Mameluke cemetery from the Crusaders era. The area made its first appearance in modern history in the 19th century when it became one of the earliest commercial districts outside the Old City during the Ottoman Empire.
When the father of Zionism, Theodore Herzl, visited Jerusalem in 1898, he stayed in the Stern House, one of Mamilla's original structures, which has been rebuilt and incorporated into Alrov Mamilla Avenue.
From the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 until the 1967 Six Day War, Mamilla was at the frontline of hostilities between Israel and Jordan. Many of its buildings, including the magnificent Notre Dame de France monastery, were destroyed or badly damaged and a concrete wall bisected the neighborhood, separating the warring sides.
Plans for redevelopment of Mamilla were drawn up after the Six Day War, but little progress was achieved until Alrov joined the development project in 1994.
Mamilla of old is now Alrov Mamilla, an exciting project comprised of three main sections:
- Commercial - Alrov Mamilla Avenue, including commercial shopping and entertainment areas, business offices and a parking lot
- Residential – David's Village and Mamilla Residences
- Luxury Hotels – The David Citadel Hotel and Mamilla Hotel
All three sections were developed by Alrov.
The project's location, overlooking the Old City walls, where the old meets the new, reflects a unique experience in its own right. Alrov Mamilla represents a bridge between the past and the future and aspires to open the door to peace, financial prosperity and success for all of its visitors.