Baka (Geulim)

Baka is a neighborhood in southern Jerusalem known for it’s old Arab style houses. Baka was established in the late 19th century after the completion of the Jerusalem Railway Station. The station created the nucleus of a commercial center that eventually attracted mostly wealthy Muslim, Christian, and Armenian families from the Old City who built mansions there in the 1920s. With the War of Independence, the the residents left the area and new immigrants from North Africa moved into the abandoned homes. The official name of Baka is Geulim, which is rarely used. The neighborhood is somewhat trapezoidal, sandwiched between Derech Hevron on the east sloping downward toward Derech HaRakevet and General Pierre Koenig Street on the western side. The old Jerusalem Railway Station occupies the north-eastern point with Rivka Street forming the southern base. Baka is bounded by Abu Tor to the northeast, Talpiot to the east, Talpiot Industrial Zone to the south, Mekor Chaim to the west, and the Greek Colony and German Colony to the northwest. The north-south Derech Beit Lehem serves as the major commercial artery within the neighborhood. Many streets in Baka are named for the Twelve Tribes: Judah, Issachar, Levi, Zevulun, Reuven, Shimon, Gad, Ephraim, Menashe, Benjamin, Dan, Asher and Naphtali.

Baka (Geulim)