The Old City of Jerusalem from the Hurva Synagogue's dome window (Jacob Solomon)
Part of the panoramic view of Old City of Jerusalem from the Hurva Synagogue's dome window. Photo by Jacob Solomon
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Disabled people will soon have access to the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem according to a project announced by the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) on Tuesday.

The 20 million shekel ($5.75 million) project entails the construction of access ramps and other improvements in the Jewish Quarter, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the City of David. All were previously inaccessible to the disabled, according to Arutz Sheva, which reported on the new project.

The planned improvements include installing sloping ramps over stairs to provide wheelchair access changing signs to accommodate visitors with vision problems and providing other facilities to help the handicapped navigate their way through the Old City.

"Tourists excitedly tell us that they can finally get to the Holy Sepulchre," said Aner Ozeri, Commissioner of the JDA's Old City Division. "The disabled access project is part of a larger project to improve access to all tourist and pedestrian areas in the old city."

A free shuttle bus service was recently launched for all visitors to the Old City. The shuttles are adapted for the wheel-chair bound and provide an easy means to travel to the area and back.