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The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan

The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan


biblical expanse, wherein a network of

activities, sites, hotels, and logistical means

exist. This would include building, in the

holy basin and its close surroundings,

sophisticated transportation systems,

attractions for all ages, shopping, and

entertainment complexes, and additional


The tourism network would stretch

through the holy basin, tightly knit, with

extensions running into other points for

tourism, hotel, commerce, and services to

other areas in Jerusalem’s neighborhoods

and within the metropolitan Jerusalem

region, via structured routes. The

tourism expanse and routes will create

a continuum of both structured and

spontaneous experiences within the

dialogue between the visiting tourist and

the natural urban surroundings. On their

way to holy sites, the visitor may come

across technological attractions, artists

who paint or sculpt, dancers, musicians,

thespians, circus or pantomime artists, and

more – spontaneously on the street or in


The tourism network will include

offshoots planned to create a meeting

point between the holy basin and the

central places of tourism in the metropolis.

These places include the Nof Zion region

and the promenade hotels, the Nahal

Refaim National Park area, the Bethlehem

and Gush Etzion region, the Nebi Samuel

region, the Mevaserret Zion region, the

Maaleh Adumim region, and the Dead Sea

and the Judean Desert region.

Nature, agriculture, natural stone,

stone structures, archeological remains,

the sounds and smells of the markets and

commercial squares, cafes, different tourist

attractions and various hotels will all come

together for the purpose of completing

a unique experience for the visitor, the

tourist consumer – for guided groups,

individuals, couples, or small unguided


The Jerusalem 5800 Plan is a

consolidated, comprehensive tourism plan,

but planning the attractions themselves will

be carried out by private entrepreneurs.

For this purpose, cooperative initiatives

must be advanced between existing or

future committees with proven experience

and abilities in content, technology,

creativity and imagination – especially

international companies that have dealt

with large-scale development projects.

On their way to holy

sites, the visitor

may come across


attractions, artists who

paint or sculpt, dancers,

musicians, thespians,

circus or pantomime

artists, and more.


The Biblical Experience Network

The Old City and the holy basin are expected, naturally, to attract the main

volume of tourists arriving in metropolitan Jerusalem. Wise planning will

also make religious tourism a multi-layered and multi-sensory experience.

The Old City compound, including the

Temple Mount, Mount Zion, the City

of David, the Mount of Olives, and

their surrounding areas, is known as

the “holy basin.” It is the unique center

of spirituality, religion, and tourism in

metropolitan Jerusalem. Planning will

make access to the holy sites easier by

upgrading means of access and striving

to improve the services provided at holy

sites while coordinating fully with religious


At the same time, a significant part of

the activities and instruction, exhibits, and

tourist entertainment will naturally take

place in the holy basin. Thus, the urban

expanse of the holy basin will be planned

and operated as a kind of giant open

museum. The Old City, the holy basin,

and the hotel areas surrounding them are

planned to allow lodging and pedestrian

traffic for the critical mass of tourists.

This central urban expanse is meant to

serve as a continuous experiential-spiritual-

Hotels and Tourism

An innovative technological experience in

ancient Jerusalem. The Old City walls at the

Jerusalem Light Festival, 2012

Hotels and Tourism