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Ben Yehuda St

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Basic Information

Location 31.7815°N 35.2176°E
Country Israel
City Jerusalem
Address Jerusalem Israel

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website http://www.itraveljerusalem.com/he/ben-yehuda-street
Geographical Coordinates 31.7815,35.2176


Summary

Ben Yehuda Street, known as the "Midrachov" is a major street in downtown Jerusalem, Israel. It is now a pedestrian mall and closed to vehicular traffic. The street runs from the intersection of King George Street to Zion Square and Jaffa Road. The street is named after the founder of Modern Hebrew, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda.


History and time period

Ben Yehuda Street was a main street in Jerusalem even before the founding of the state. As a busy thoroughfare, it has been a prime target for terrorist bombings. In 1983, the street was closed to automobile traffic. In Hebrew it is called a midrachov (pedestrian mall — a Hebrew neologism formed from the words "midracha" [sidewalk] and "rechov" [street]). Many of the businesses cater to tourists. The street is lined with souvenir and Judaica shops and sidewalk cafes, and street musicians play there throughout the day. It was long considered the "secular heart of Jerusalem," but since the 2000's, disaffected Orthodox Jewish youth have joined the mix of tourists and locals.


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