Old City Wall Promenade Gets New Extension

Zeev Elkin, Minister of Yerushalayim Affairs, attends a ceremony Tuesday for the new part of the Ramparts Walk. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Northern Ramparts Walk on the walls of the Old City of Yerushalayim has been extended for over half a mile, allowing visitors to stroll all the way from Jaffa Gate to the Lion’s Gate, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

The inauguration of the new section represents the culmination of five years of work, and was attended by Yerushalayim and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and the Ministry’s director-general Mordechai Benita. The cost of the project was put at 11 million shekels.

“By walking on these walls and looking at the city from above, it is possible to understand Yerushalayim better,” Elkin said.

“The Wall Promenade Project expresses the connection of the different parts of Yerushalayim. Just as the different parts of the Old City cannot be severed from it, it is impossible to detach Yerushalayim from the Old City, which represents its very heart. The walls whose original purpose was to separate [Yerushalayim from its surroundings], today express precisely the connection [between the different parts] of Yerushalayim, a united Yerushalayim,” he added.