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The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan

The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan



Ben Gurion






Maaleh Adumim


Dead Sea

Hotel Region

Dead Sea

Route 60


West 1

East 1

Junction 60

Latrun Junction

HaElah Junction

Mateh Yehuda

Regional Council

Gush Etzion Junction

Gush Etzion

Regional Council

Almog Junction


Regional Council

Shifra Junction


Regional Council

Binyamin Regional Council

Gas Station


Planned Sites for Jerusalem Gates Locations


Jerusalem Gates

The metropolitan Jerusalem borders need markers and signs in order

to give these borders presence for the visitor and local residents.

The “Jerusalem Gates” project is meant to serve these purposes.

In order to increase awareness of the

metropolitan region of Jerusalem and to

shape its borders in the public and national

consciousness, the Jerusalem 5800 team

has initiated the Jerusalem Gates project.

The concept behind the project is to

create compounds within the metropolitan

borders, which will signify these borders

and serve as entrances for tourist intake

and direction.

Features of the Project

At the end of 2014, the Central Bureau

of Statistics defined the metropolitan

Jerusalem region. The borders defined

were identical to those defined by the

Jerusalem 5800 team. The Jerusalem

Gates project will be planned and carried

out with environmental, tourism, and

nature authorities, such as the Society for

the Protection of Nature, the National

Parks Authority, the Jewish National

Fund, the Ministry of Tourism, regional

councils, and the Jerusalem Municipality.

During project implementation, along

the main roads leading to metropolitan

Jerusalem, adjacent to points of entry

into the metropolis, compounds with

several components will be created. A

sign on the main road will direct travelers

to the areas. The compounds should be

based on rest and service stops along

the road, such as gas stations, in order to

keep costs down and planning processes

short. Each of these areas will contain

a gas station, a convenience store with

food and beverages, and a rest area.

Tourist information and equipment will be

available or for purchase. Additionally, each

of these “gates” should include a visitor’s

center unique to the project, which will

provide the visitor with information about

metropolitan Jerusalem in its entirety and

the location of the gate specifically.

Further, at each of the areas, there will

be additional components. Though it will

not be possible to develop all of them

at every station, the best will be done to

develop as many as possible:


Ample parking


Green open areas – a rest and lodging

area which takes on the character of the

gate’s location, offering unstructured

experience of the surroundings


Stores or a market selling locally made



A visitor’s center


Varied restaurants


Starting points for hikes and biking and

jeep tours


Road services (a garage)


A motel


A Pilgrimage registration point

The Project’s Purpose

The Jerusalem Gates project has several

purposes, each supporting the other:


Establishing a physical, visual, and

symbolic network of gates to serve

as specific markers along the main

roads leading to Jerusalem, to be

spread out along the circumference of

the metropolitan region, marking its



The gate compound will create public

awareness among all sectors – local

residents and guests – of the fact

that the metropolitan region exists as

such. This awareness will contribute

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Hotels and Tourism