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Sultan's Pool to undergo NIS 100 million upgrade

Under an ambitious project by the Municipality, the well-known site right outside the Old City will be completely renovated

After years of inaccessibility as well as parking and logistics problems, the Sultan’s Pool site will undergo a complete facelift and be transformed into Israel’s most beautiful concert and nightlife area.

The Municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Foundation are currently working on a mega-upgrade of the Sultan’s Pool at a cost of around NIS 100 million.

The Sultan’s Pool, located right outside the walls of the Old City, was established in the 16th century by the Ottoman Empire and was used as a water reservoir.

A lot of water passed through the site since then, but an actual pool has not existed there in our era.

As part of the project, the Municipality will transform the performance venue and the famous "Hutzot HaYotzer" artists colony complex into an interactive park that will be accessible to the public year-round.

The upgrade will include the establishment of an ecological pool, preservation of the ancient dam and aqueduct, and the renovation of the famous pool, next to which a café/restaurant will be built.

Access routes will be upgraded, the famous amphitheater will be moved to the north side of the pool, and seating capacity will be increased to 7,000.

In addition, several public restrooms will be installed, a permanent ticket booth will be built, and the lighting, landscaping and street furniture will be arranged.

The mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, said "The Sultan’s Pool upgrade project is a strategic flagship project for the city of Jerusalem. In recent years, the pool has become one of the most sought-after concert venues in Israel, but access to it remained unchanged. Following completion of the upgrade, the pool will become an active and vibrant area all year round and be the venue of many international concerts. We have something to look forward to."

Jerusalem Foundation Chairman Shai Doron said "The 'Hutzot HaYotzer' and Sultan’s Pool restoration and upgrade project is one of historical importance, in one of the most beautiful places in Jerusalem, at the foot of the Old City and where East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem meet. The Jerusalem Foundation considers it important to transform the Sultan’s Pool into a park that is open all year round for the enjoyment of all the city’s residents and visitors, and expects the place to become a magnet. This is an ambitious project that we have dreamed about for a long time, and it combines all the values for which the Foundation works: community empowerment, creative culture, and future leadership."

Artlcle Photo: Weinstein Vaadia Architects
Artlcle Photo: Weinstein Vaadia Architects

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