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Hansen Hospital

The Hansen Government Hospital, known in the past as the Jesus's Help Asylum for Lepers, is situated in one of Jerusalem’s most gentrified neighborhoods and is considered to be an architectural treasure. Built in 1889, the spacious two story compound is named after the Norwegian scientist, Dr. Gerhard Hansen, who discovered the bacteria that caused leprosy. It functioned as a home for lepers for more than 100 years. Set in a large, walled compound, containing water cisterns, a vegetable garden, fruit trees and livestock, it was built to be completely self-sufficient. With the development of an effective cure for leprosy, patients were gradually rehabilitated and discharged. The last in-patients left the hospital in 2000. In April 2009 an historical exhibition named ''Behind the Wall'' was opened within the hospital. It combines past and present and enables the visitor to experience the hospital’s unique human and cultural story, as well as gain an impression of its beautiful structure.

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