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Plan calls for new opening in walls of Jerusalem’s Old City

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 Plan calls for new opening in walls of Jerusalem’s Old City

The last time a new opening was done in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem was during the reign of the Ottoman Turks in 1898, but it seems increasingly likely we will see a new breach soon. Earlier this week a renovation plan for the Jewish Quarter was presented to the municipal Planning and Building Committee. One of the aims with the renovation is to create easy access to the Western Wall plaza. If carried out, the new opening would be an entry to a tunnel leading from the Zion Gate to the Dung Gate, where a four-storey parking garage could be erected. According to the planners, the tunnel would be hewn in rocks deep beneath the Old City in order to avoid harming the ancient town’s many archaeological layers.

 

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