The alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem were accessible to wheelchairs and the blind

The accessibility of the Old City is part of a broad move to strengthen the Old City Basin and turn it into a magnet for visitors from all over the world

Accessibility of the alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo. East Jerusalem Development Company

After a decade of work and an investment of over NIS 22 million, the accessibility of the sixth kilometer in the alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem has been completed. The accessibility is carried out under the leadership of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the East Jerusalem Development Corporation (PMI). Minister of Construction and Housing, Jerusalem and Heritage, Wolf Elkin: “We have made the Old City of Jerusalem one of the most accessible cities in the world”

Mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Leon“I consider it of paramount importance to make the public space and buildings accessible to the municipality, and first and foremost the Old City and its historical and religious sites.” Eli Escuzido, Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority: “Planning and execution factors in Jerusalem work hard to make the Old City an inviting and friendly place for all visitors wherever they are, including populations with special needs.” “We will continue to make everything possible within the walls accessible,” says Benny Sassi, CEO of PMI.

The alleys were made accessible to wheelchair users and wheelchairs, who can now move between the many historic and national sites in the Old City in comfort and safety. Steep descents were also flattened and outposts were added to the steep alleys of the Old City. For the first time, the Old City was also made accessible to the blind, and a dedicated app called Step Hear was implemented that guides the blind visitor to the Old City between 60 different positions, where unique information and content is provided that enables and enhances the visit to the historic city.

The accessibility of the Old City is part of a broad move to strengthen the Old City Basin and turn it into a magnet for visitors from all over the world. Recently, the company for the development of the Jewish Quarter was also transferred to the responsibility of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, and now the ministry is working on building a comprehensive strategic plan for the Old City, for the development of historic tourist sites while maintaining the uniqueness of the Old City of Jerusalem.

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