Mamilla was an early neighborhood constructed outside Jerusalem's Old City west from the Jaffa Gate, and now refers to the $400 million shopping stores, hotels, commercial and housing district developed in selected parts of the area.
Mamilla was originally established in the late 19th century as a mixed Jewish-Arab central business district. Between the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the 1967 Six-Day War, it was located along the armistice line between the Israeli and Jordanian-held sector of the city. It went into decline after many of its buildings were destroyed by Jordanian shelling. After 1967, the government approved an urban renewal project for Mamilla
Land was apportioned to residential and commercial zones, including hotels and office space, in what was to become one of the longest and most costly development plans in the history of modern Jerusalem. Most of the plan was finally realized by the summer of 2007 with the opening of its major mall and entertainment components.