Crusader hospital becomes a tourism center in Israel

Archaeology Magazine is reporting that building in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem which dates from the eleventh century will be opened to the public next year as a restaurant and visitor center following a long period of excavation and restoration.

This building was a hospital, drawing on Muslim medicine to treat patients during the Crusader period. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the hospital, operated by the Knights Hospitaller, was capable of serving 2,000 patients at a time, as well as serving as an orphanage.

“We’ve learned about the hospital from contemporary historical documents, most of which are written in Latin. These mention a sophisticated hospital that is as large and as organized as a modern hospital,” they said.


The newly-restored hospital in Jerusalem probably looks very similar to the one I visited on the island of Rhodes a few years ago, while doing research for the House of the Rose novels:

From In the Footsteps of the Crusaders

From In the Footsteps of the Crusaders

2 comments on this post.
  1. Tommy Chamberlin:

    Do you have any knowledge of whether the restaurant here has opened yet? I will be traveling with a group to Jerusalem in May and would like to take them there if it is now open.


  2. Michaela August:

    Sorry, I don’t have any further information on the new Tourism Center. Hope you enjoy your trip to Israel! I’ve never been, but would love to go!

    All the best,

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