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Jerusalem Architect clarifies plans for the Old City

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Jerusalem Architect clarifies plans for the Old City

In response to reports of ongoing plans to build an underground tunnel stretching from Zion gate to the Dung gate in Jerusalem’s Old City David Sherki, the architect in charge of the project, sought to clarify his plans on Friday by explaining that there is not a question of breaking up a new entrance in the city walls, but instead of creating a new underground opening. The tunnel is part of a much larger project that includes a 600 space underground parking area, new public parks and several apartments. There is also a danger of destroying the cities archeological layers by indulging in such a vast project, but according to Sherki, this will be taken into consideration. He added that there is an ongoing trend around the world, in cooperation with UNESCO, to build underground parking garages in ancient cities. On Wednesday, tourism officials took a tour of the Old city in order to look at ways to improve its tourism infrastructure. There are several renovation projects on the way, all part of the mayor’s vision to increase tourism from three million to 10 million by 2020.

 

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