If you are visiting the famous Arab bazaar or the Church of the holy Sepulcher in the old city of Jerusalem, it is well worth your time to take one of the alleys to the Muristan compound.
It is thought that this was where King Antiochus V built a hospital following a divine vision on Golgotha. In 600 A.D, Pope Gregory the Great commissioned the construction of a hospital at the site, a place where Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem could be treated. Over the following centuries, the structure was destroyed and rebuilt several times, however it is most associated with the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John, who established a hospital there to care for sick and injured pilgrims of all faiths in the Holy Land, in the early 12th century.
The name Muristan is a mispronunciation of the word Bimuristan, a Persian and Turkish word meaning hospital.
Now you will find a colorful market with an abundance of restaurants and cafes, beautiful arches, said to be the last remnant of the crusader hospital, a magnificent water fountain built in 1901 in honor of the Turkish sultan, and the Lutheran church of the redeemer opened by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1898, during his famous visit to the holy land.