Five minutes from the Post Hostel in Jerusalem lays the central green lung of Jerusalem.
At the beginning of the 20th century, after some areas in the new city were already populated,
the British decided that Jerusalem needs its own small park.
It is a symbol of freedom, were all of the Gay Pride is held on an annual bases.
The coffee bar is open during Shabbat (Saturday) and secular Jews together with tourists
can enjoy a drink on Friday night or during Saturday.
The space in the middle of the city was empty.
Southern to the park there is an old cistern called Mamila,
built by King Herod and provided water to the city tow
thousands years ago, and a Muslim cemetery.
Northern to the park lays King George Street
with all of the important national institutes.
The main idea of the British mandate governors
was to implement the idea of the Garden City
movement in Jerusalem.
Once the state of Israel was born Jerusalem preserved the park.
After the unification of the city it became an important
green area located between
east Jerusalem and west Jerusalem.
Independence Park is relatively close to the official residence of the prime minister of Israel,
so it is used for demonstration or rallies.
In 2002 the first Gay Pride took place in the park.
Every year the event that opens or concludes the pride is held in the park.
The park serves as a meting point for all the citizens of Jerusalem.
You can meet their orthodox Jews, secular Jews, Muslims or Christians.
Alma coffee is open all week long and during the summer you can perches a meal to take away
and enjoy a day at the park.