Montefiore Windmill

Montefiore Windmill

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The Montefiore Windmill complex currently functions as an entertainment center. It includes the Jerusalem Wineries visitor center, which fits nicely into its magical and picturesque surroundings in the majestic Yemin Moshe neighborhood (which is also named after the philanthropist). In addition, you can enjoy a coffee and pastries truck, and drink your favorite drink at a spectacular vantage point that overlooks the old city's walls.

The complex also has historical importance - the mill is a significant landmark for anyone who wants to learn about the transformation of ancient Jerusalem into new Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century and about the ambitious initiatives of Moshe Montefiore, one of the symbols of the old Jewish community in the Land of Israel.


About the history of the windmill 

One of the first landmarks in Jerusalem outside the Old City walls is the Montefiore Windmill, named after the British Jewish philanthropist who funded its construction, Moshe Montefiore. The mill was built in 1857 whereas the Mishkenot Shananim neighborhood was built, about 12 years later. 

The mill was designed to be a flour mill and was part of Montefiore's project to help the old settlement (Jewish society in Israel before the 20th century) to provide for itself. Montefiori, who was fully committed to promoting industry in the Holy Land, also built a printing house and a textile factory and was responsible for many other projects. The windmill went out of use as a flour mill in 1891, after the Jewish community began using steam-powered mills to grind the wheat. 

However, its cultural importance did not diminish, and during Independence War in 1948, it was used by the Jewish fighters as an observation point. In response, the British authorities bombarded the windmill, an attack that bore the acronym: "Operation Don Quixote".

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  • C. A.
    C. A.
    October 4, 2023

    Went to visit the legendary Windmill of Jerusalem where they used to make flour from. A very stunning monument in one of the now richest districts of Jerusalem. Many beautiful houses are surrounding the Windmill and it's...

  • Alex Drukpa.
    Alex Drukpa.
    March 9, 2023

    Amazing views of the old city, quiet, well developed. Nice public garden and shaded areas. Good escape from the heat and the crowd while not losing the holly touch of Jerusalem

  • Tanya Silverman
    Tanya Silverman
    July 30, 2022

    Lovely atmosphere with good views just outside the walls of old city. Was with a group and we did 3 wine tastings. The ongoing story encompasses both the history of Israel and the history of Israeli wine. I like sweeter...

  • Dikola Bragg
    Dikola Bragg
    May 14, 2023

    There is a lovely Jerusalem bar cart nearby that overlooks Old Jerusalem wall. Beautiful spot!

  • Jed Peterson
    Jed Peterson
    May 29, 2023

    Beautiful windmill and story. Easy hike from the old city. Great park nearby.

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