King George Street (Jerusalem)

Coordinates: 31°46.892′N 35°12.988′E / 31.781533°N 35.216467°E / 31.781533; 35.216467
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The southern part of King George Street
The northern part of King George Street
King George and Jaffa Street pedestrian scramble, 2007
King George Street 1945
Froumine House, early 1950s

King George Street (Hebrew: רחוב המלך ג׳ורג׳, Rehov ha-Melekh Jorj, Arabic: شارع الملك جورج Shara'a al-Malik Jurj) is a street in central Jerusalem which joins the famous Ben Yehuda Street and Jaffa Road to form the Downtown Triangle central business district.[1] The street was named in honour of King George V on December 9, 1924.[2]


King George Street was dedicated in honour of the seventh anniversary of the British conquest of Jerusalem under General Allenby. The inauguration took place in 1924,[3] in the presence of Sir Herbert Samuel, the High Commissioner for Palestine, Sir Ronald Storrs, the military governor of Jerusalem,[4] and Raghib al-Nashashibi, the Arab mayor of Jerusalem.[5]

King George Street today

Jerusalem's first traffic light was installed at the intersection of King George Street and Jaffa Road.[6] In 1950–1966, the Knesset, Israel's parliament, met at Beit Froumine on King George Street. It was used by Israel's first five governments, until the Knesset moved to a permanent building in Givat Ram.[7]

Until the advent of the Jerusalem Light Rail, King George Street was one of two Jerusalem streets with a pedestrian scramble; the other is Kikar HaShabbat.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Neighborhoods in brief
  2. ^ About King George Street
  3. ^ A Walk Across Jerusalem History, Haaretz
  4. ^ Miller, Rory (2000). "Sir Ronald Storrs and Zion: the dream that turned into a nightmare". Middle Eastern Studies. 36 (3): 114–144. JSTOR 4284094.
  5. ^ "King George Street in Jerusalem". Archived from the original on 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  6. ^ Haman's Hat: Life in the Jerusalem Triangle
  7. ^ Beit Froumine
  8. ^ Bar-Am, Aviva (25 December 2008). "Walking Tour: By George!". Jerusalem Post.


31°46.892′N 35°12.988′E / 31.781533°N 35.216467°E / 31.781533; 35.216467