The Jerusalem District Municipality has unveiled the construction of the Temple Mount, and it is a “miracle” of technology, Mayor Nir Barkat said.
The project, which is expected to take three years, is part of Barkat’s ambitious vision to restore the historic Temple Mount to its original, medieval architecture and enhance the area’s cultural significance.
The area, the holiest site in Judaism, is home to the Noble Sanctuary and the Western Wall, and is considered a holy site for Muslims, Christians and Jews alike.
In January, Barkat announced that construction would begin on the Temple Lot, the ceremonial site where Muslims pray during the holy month of Ramadan, and the site of the Dome of the Rock, the Western Tower of the Western Temple.
The construction is expected over a decade, Barka said.
Construction on the second phase of the project began in August, and will last three years.
“It’s an incredible project that will be completed with the full cooperation of the local communities,” Barkat told the Jerusalem Post in an interview.
Construction will begin in phases, Barkan said, with each phase lasting between five to six years.
Construction is expected begin in the first quarter of 2019, Barkah said.