Haas Promenade

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Jerusalem
Israel
Haas Promenade

Landscape Information

Overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem from the south, this 1,300-foot-long promenade was funded by the Haas family and named for Walter and Elise Haas. It connects with the Sherover Promenade to the north and west, and with the Goldman Promenade to the east (the three promenades are collectively known as the Armon Hanatziv Promenade). Completed in 1987, it was the first of the three to be constructed and was the result of a collaboration between landscape architects Lawrence Halprin and Shlomo Aronson.  Aronson completed work on the Sherover Promenade in 1989, which adjoins the western end of the Haas Promenade via a grand staircase, while the Goldman Promenade was completed in 2002 by Halprin and Bruce Levin.

Made of tan-colored Jerusalem stone quarried from the local hills, the Haas Promenade was designed to blend with the architecture of the Old City. It traces part of the route of an ancient aqueduct that carried water from Solomon’s Pools, south of Bethlehem, to Jerusalem. Under one portion of the promenade, Halprin incorporated an arcade reminiscent of the Roman arches that supported the aqueduct, while the piers of the low promenade wall are capped by smooth, half-round stones whose shape recalls the Dome of the Rock, to the north. Accented by wrought-iron railings and light fixtures, the promenade has several belvederes that frame views of the Old City.  Below and north of the promenade is the Peace Forest, as well as the ten-acre Ana and Moise Trottner Park, whose slopes are planted with groupings of cypress and rows of olive trees, which recall the groves and fields of nearby vernacular villages, as well as the Mount of Olives, visible in the distance.