Did you know? Jerusalem Stone

Givati Law


๐Ÿ’ก Jerusalem, a city known for its historical and cultural significance, has strict laws mandating the use of Jerusalem stone on the exterior of all buildings – whether new construction or renovation.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง The ordinance of this law dates back to the British Mandate and the governorship of Sir Ronald Storrs and was part of a master plan for the city drawn up in 1918 by Sir William McLean, then city engineer of Alexandria. It was noted that during the Independence War, the requirement to use Jerusalem stone in new construction limited the damage caused by the shelling during the siege on Jerusalem.

๐Ÿ• This locally quarried limestone, with its distinct golden hue, carries a rich history that is deeply interwoven with the identity of the city. The use of Jerusalem stone dates back thousands of years, with notable examples found in iconic structures such as the Western Wall and the Old City walls. This unique stone has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, the construction and destruction of temples, and the footsteps of countless pilgrims and visitors throughout history. It serves as a tangible link to Jerusalem’s past and symbolizes the resilience and timelessness of the city.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ These regulations highlight the dual purpose to maintain the visual integrity and harmonious blend of the city’s architectural landscape, and to honor the legacy of Jerusalem’s past.

๐Ÿ— Other cities in Israel also mandate Jerusalem Stone on exterior walls, including Modiin, Efrat and Ma’ale Adumim.

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