Located in Jerusalem
, and originally an Ottoman cavalry parade ground, the compound was constructed from 1860-1864 and includes a Russian Orthodox church, former hospices for pilgrims, courtyards, and was an historic destination for Russian Christian pilgrims. During the British Mandate
period, it also housed British police headquarters and a prison where Jews and Arabs were both imprisoned. Now, among other functions, the compound serves as an Israeli
police headquarters and a detention and Shabak
interrogation center, known to Palestinians as "Al-Musqubiya." See "Detention Centers
," No Legal Frontiers, 2011.