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Jerusalem stone

    Jerusalem Stone is a type of dolomitic limestone that is quarried around Jerusalem and other parts of Israel. [1] It is usually golden or pinkish in hue, although some varieties are grey or off-white. [2][3]

Municipal regulations in Jerusalem require that all buildings must be faced with Jerusalem stone. This ordinance dates back to the British Mandate and the governorship of Sir Ronald Storrs. It was part of a master plan for the city drawn up in 1918 by Sir William McLean, then city engineer of Alexandria.[4] The golden hue of Jerusalem stone becomes more pronounced towards evening, as the sun hits it. This is one of the reasons the city has become known as "Jerusalem of Gold."

Jerusalem stone is also used in the manufacture of Judaica such as menorahs and seder plates. In the United States, Jerusalem stone is sometimes used as a countertop material, as certain subtypes are non-porous.[5]


  1. ^ Jerusalem Natural Stone from
  2. ^ Stone Guide from
  3. ^ Jerusalem Stone UK from Jerusalem Stone & Mosaics
  4. ^ The British Mandate from "Jerusalem: Life Throughout the Ages in a Holy City". Online course material from the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
  5. ^ Countertop: Trends, Jennifer Gilmer, on
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