Haas Promenade

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Hedva Sanderovitz  CC BY 2.5View from Armon Hanatziv Haas Promenade

Hedva Sanderovitz  CC BY 2.5
View from Armon Hanatziv Promenade

Haas Promenade Jerusalem

Where should you go for the best panoramic view of Jerusalem?  Most tour guides and almost every guidebook will tell you to head for the Haas Promenade, known by locals as the Tayelet—the promenade.

Built on the Armon Hanatziv ridge south of the Old City in the late 1980’s, the Tayelet is a fine place for a stroll as well as a pause to drink in the fabulous views of the Old City, the Mount of Olives, and the hills to the east of the city.

Promenade Jerusalem: The Popular Tayelet

The Tayelet is one of the few flat places to walk in Jerusalem, but the adventurous may want to walk down through the winding paths and olive trees into the Peace Forest that extends from the Tayelet all the way down to the Abu Tor neighborhood.

Faye Gelb  All rights reservedDown the Haas Promenade Steps

Faye Gelb  All rights reserved
Down the Promenade Steps

There are plenty of benches and stretches of grass along the top of the Haas Promenade; during the day you can find a vendor’s truck in the parking lot in case you’re out of water or need a snack.  If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to explore the area, you can rent a Segway–those super eco-friendly personal transporters with two large wheels and wide handlebars. Most Segway tours of the Tayelet run around 2 hours, cover about 5 miles, and will take you places you wouldn’t get to on foot.

UN Headquarters

But the real find of the Haas Promenade is for those who venture further east… Continue on after the parking lot and you’ll be rewarded with a peek of the UN headquarters in Jerusalem (closed to the public, unfortunately). The Armon Hanatziv, the palace of the high commissioner, was built by the British during the mandate period (1920-1948) to house the British High Commissioner. It’s a massive piece of highly strategic property that controls access to the Old City from the south.

Avi Deror  CC BY-SA 3.0 Armon Hanatziv Promenade

Avi Deror  CC BY-SA 3.0
Armon Hanatziv Promenade

As you walk eastward toward the Park of Tolerance with its tall and dark granite monument, you’ll notice the hundreds of UN vehicles inside the compound.

Goldman Promenade

Keep on walking and you’ll see signs for the Goldman Promenade, an extension of the Tayelet.  The Goldman Promenade offers even more spectacular views than the Tayelet, but is almost always deserted, apart from the occasional Segway tour or Birthright group.

The magnitude of the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery is also clearly evident; thousands of graves covering the hill from east to west are visible from this angle of the Tayelet.

On the lower level of the promenade you can see the trees covering the Hasmonean aqueduct, part of the incredible engineering system that brought scarce water from Solomon’s Pool reservoir near Bethlehem into the Temple Mount area.

Haas Promenade Trivia: Did You Know?

The Armon Hanatziv ridge is thought to be the place where Abraham and Isaac first saw Mount Moriah.

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