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Crusader hospital to be turned into restaurant

A thousand-year-old structure in Jerusalem that was used as a hospital during the Crusades is set to be turned into a restaurant and visitor centre next year following a 13-year excavation.

Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and owned by the Muslim Waqf (an Islamic endowment of property held in trust for charitable or religious purposes), the 11th-century structure spans more than 150,000 square feet and is characterized by massive pillars and ribbed vaults, with ceilings as high as 20 feet.

The Grand Bazaar Company of East Jerusalem initiated the excavation and research in cooperation with the Antiquities Authority. It plans to turn the structure into a restaurant and visitor center, expected to open to the public in the next year.

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Story: Mairav Zonszein, National Geographic | Photo: Yoli Shwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority

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  1. I have visited the Knights’ Hall in Acre and was impressed with ribbed vaults, open spaces huge pillars. Presumably the Crusader Hospital in Jerusalem will be even bigger and more impressive. But a visitors’ centre, bookshop and gallery – definitely! A restaurant? I am not sure.

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