Talbieh, nestled between Rechavia and Old Katamon, is an affluent, elegant neighborhood in Jerusalem. Built in the 1920s and 1930s, Talbieh houses a rich variety of building styles characteristic of the Mandate period. Many of these buildings have since been declared historical buildings. After 1948 the area was renamed Komemiyut, Independence, representing the desire of the Jews for autonomy and security. The name did not catch on and the neighborhood is predominantly known as Talbieh today.
Talbieh's status is enhanced by the institutions found within the neighborhood. The official residence of the President of the State of Israel is on centrally located Jabotinsky St. Talbieh is also home to The Jerusalem Theater, the largest and most active cultural center in the city. Gan Havradim, The Rose Garden, is yet another major landmark in Talbieh dating all the way back to the 1930s and is used for many official Independence Day events.