Vistas and Views
In its Plan 2000, the Jerusalem Municipality defines ‘visual corridors’ to and from the Old City. This definition carries with it restrictions on construction.
In Abu Tor, this visual corridor has been placed on the lowest street on the ridge, with the result that views of the Old City are limited.
Views of both the Old and new cities from the Greek Compound are immeasurably more impressive, and the residents argue that the visual corridor should be located here.
The Greek compound is remarkable not only for these magnificent views, but because of the visibility of the compound from points throughout the new and old cities. Although Abu Tor has been built up over time, the compound still forms part of the historic view of mountain ridges seen from the Old City.