Jerusalem is only a small city but it is defined by quite different neighbourhoods, each with their own history, socio-economic make-up, restaurants, food and more. A tour of these distinct neighbourhoods will allow the visitor to begin to familiarize themselves with the city and start to understand the patchwork quilt of communities that make up Jerusalem
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Jerusalem is only a small city but it is home to many distinct and historic neighborhoods. It has been a divided city for much of its existence and even from the creation of the State in 1948 until it was unified in 1967. This is an important point because Jeruaslem's neighborhoods have reflected the political realities on the ground as well as socio-economic factors that go into giving any neighborhood its distinct flavor and style anywhere in the world.
You will find a broad range of life in Jerusalem's neighborhoods, though some have a rather homogeneous feel to them. There are a few almost exclusively ultra-orthodox Jewish segments of the city, such as Sanhedriya, Meah Shearim or Geulah, located near to the Mahane Yehuda market. Nahlaot, which borders the market is known for its more bohemian, artistic and free-spirited approach to life.
There is a very relaxed atmosphere there and the warren of streets that comprises its layout lend themselves perfectly to this feeling of otherness. Talpiyot to the south of the Jerusalem is where some of Jerusalem's industrial output is based and has a strong working class vibe to it. Other neighborhoods of interest include; Musrara, which is quaint and picturesque as one might expect from a more artsy segement of the city; Rehavia, with its tree-lined streets and impressive apartment blocks and Mishkenot Sheananim/Yemin Moshe
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