Jerusalem’s Old City to be made more accessible to disabled

The disabled will now have easier access to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Old City of Jerusalem will become more accessible to people with disabilities as part of a new $5.75 million project launched by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

According to the plan, new wheelchair ramps will be built throughout the Jewish Quarter, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the City of David. Additionally, other improvements such as changing signs to accommodate visitors with vision impairments and other cues for the disabled will be installed.

Commissioner of the Old City Division of the Development Authority, Aner Ozeri, praised the new project that will give disabled tourists greater access to the city’s landmarks.  

"Tourists excitedly tell us that they can finally get to the Holy Sepulchre," Ozeri said, Israel National News reported. "The disabled access project is part of a larger project we are doing to improve access to all tourist and pedestrian areas in the old city."

Special maps are now also available to download from the website of the old city that provide information on the layout of the neighborhoods and auditory tours of Jerusalem.

Launched in 1988, the Jerusalem Development Authority is a joint venture between the city of Jerusalem and the State of Israel to develop the economy of Israel’s capital. 

Posted on August 12, 2014 .