The building and space here belong to the First Station of the city. The station, also known as the Khan Station, is in the Bekaa neighborhood in Jerusalem, between Hebron Way and Bethlehem Way.
This train station was built in 1892 as the last stop of the Jerusalem-Jaffa line, the first railroad line in Israel. The Turkish did not often build in Jerusalem, and the station was one of the only public building built in the city during their rule.
Except for the halt of operation during the War of Independence, the station operated almost continuously since the Ottoman rule, at the end of the 19th century, up to 1998. Then the section between Na'an and Jerusalem was close, because of the declining technical conditions. This was also the time when the First Station was closed for use.
This is how the festive ceremony was opened at the First Station, and the era of trains in Palestine. Except for the participation of the important city members, representatives from the Turkish rule were present, and local Jews and Arabs. Among the crowd was the revivalist of the Hebrew language, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who gave the machine the word in Hebrew, "Rakevet."
This is how the First Station was born in Jerusalem. At first it included a building with two floors that was build adjacent to another two buildings, each only one floor. There was a mechanism for switching the train's direction, a big shelter, and a water container to fill the locomotives.
The station's architecture was influenced by European elements from the Templars in the 19th century, and the station building is almost exactly the same at the station building in Jaffa. The construction materials used were a little different, in Jerusalem limestone rock was used from the Jerusalem area.
Throughout the years, the British added buildings to this area, like the thick concrete layer added to the top of the roof, to protect the public from bombings by Italian planes during the British mandate.
With the closing of the station and its operations at the end of the 20th century, the complex was abandoned until 2013, when the entertainment complex was built up here.