Talbiya or Talbiyeh officially Komemiyut, is an upscale neighborhood in Jerusalem, Israel, between Rehavia and Katamon. It was built in the 1920s and 1930s on land purchased from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Most of the early residents were affluent Middle Eastern Christians who built elegant homes with Renaissance, Moorish and Arab architectural motifs, surrounded by trees and flowering gardens.[1 Eylon, Lili (2011). “Jerusalem: Architecture in the British Mandate Period”. Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
The neighborhood’s Hebrew name Komemiyut, introduced after the establishment of the state, never caught on, and it is still known as Talbiya. Some of Jerusalem’s important cultural institutions are located in Talbiya, among them the Jerusalem Theater, the Van Leer Institute and Beit HaNassi, the official residence of the President of Israel.
Ofer Aderet (29 July 2011). “A stir over sign language: A recently discovered trove of documents from the 1950s reveals a nasty battle in Jerusalem over the hebraization of street and neighborhood names. This campaign is still raging today”. Haaretz. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
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