Independence Park, Jerusalem

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Independence Park is a municipal park bounded by Agron Street, King George Street, Hillel Street, and Menashe Ben Yisrael Street in central Jerusalem, Israel. It is located next to the Mamilla cemetery, and is Jerusalem's second largest park.The park is home to the Lion's cave. Jewish, Muslim, and Christian legends all maintain that the remains of their faithful are buried there, and that a lion, created by god, was placed there to guard the dead. Jewish tradition states that the bones of Jews killed by the Seleucid Greeks are buried there. Muslims state that Allah transferred remains from the nearby Mamilla cemetery to the cave to save them from a fire. Christians believe that the cave houses the remains of monks who were massacred by the Persians in 614. There are also Muslim graves at the bottom of the park which date to the 13th century.The park is also one of the gay cruising areas in Jerusalem, and has become a focal point for many LGBT activities, including the annual gay pride parade.
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  • This is a nice large park centrally located in downtown Jerusalem, a five minute walk from the Old City. Plenty of space to sit and relax.  more »
  • This park is very nice to walk and sit over the grass, you can relax and is very close to the city center areas.  more »
  • The Gan haatzmaut Park between King George Street to mamilla pool and Hillel Street the street thesaurus. Most of the garden is covered by lawns with scattered trees. On the northern edge water pool with a canal along the northern front. At the eastern edge is an ancient Muslim cemetery in mamilla pool (no water). At the southern edge Agron and beyond the American Consul and Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (ex Hotel Palace) King David Hotel and YMCA and the western edge of King George Street and the great synagogue (heichal Shlomo). The garden is within walking distance of the Mall anyway, and the old town, downtown, Rehavia the Windmill of Rehavia and more. South facing garden situated Agron Café Alma "that allows refresh in drinking water and air conditioning in hot or cold days. The garden itself has no interesting attractions and can be used as a rest for weary travelers on their way to the next point.
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