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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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  • In the middle of the city-center, btween the busy streets of the city there is a wide green spot to stroll, after a nice meal anywhere at the near by restaurant, or after a shopping tour in the area. ...  more »
  • The park is splendid. It has lots of shade during those hot Jerusalem summers. We were with a group of around 20 people and spent a few hours talking and reminiscing.  more »
  • Love to be where the beautiful people movement, instead turning to someplace nice, clean, and we were in a place with all the members at a meeting Saturday afternoon, spontaneous Jerusalem '' a lovely chat.
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