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12/10/2006
Jerusalem on wheels by: Neta Sela, Ynetnews.com
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Jerusalem on wheels
Jerusalem on wheels

A new tourist attraction has started in Jerusalem: Guided Segway tours along the "Commissioner's Palace" promenade.

The Segway, a motorised two-wheeled vehicle, will take visitors on an hour long tour which leaves the "Commissioner's Palace" towards the Goldman promenade and includes explanations and observation points over the Old City, City of David and New Jerusalem. The tour costs NIS 100 ($24) and is suitable for ages 16 and up.

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski launched the Segway tours on Sunday, praising the initiative. "The City of David is constantly renewing and drawing in the public to get acquainted with the roots of the Jewish people and connect with the heart of Jerusalem. The Segway is one of the most pleasant ways to go about this," said Lupolianski, adding that he thoroughly enjoyed his ride.

At the City of David archeology site guests may visit the Shiloach Pool, Hezkiah's Tunnel and the Tomb of King David. A Herodian street from the Second Temple era was recently uncovered at the site, believed to be a main road it connects the Shiloach Pool to the Synagogue. The street then leads to the southern area of the Southern Wall, Robinson's Arch and the Ophel Park. During the current Sukkot holiday the public has been allowed onto the street for the first time.

Excavations are still ongoing to uncover a system of canals originating from the Shiloach Pool, underneath the Herodian street. These excavations are still at their height and in the first stages of research.

Reproduced with permission: Ynet

 
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