Holyland

In 2005, occupancy began in the first of eight buildings on the grounds of the Holyland Hotel. This new western neighborhood is an extension of Bayit V’gan to the south and Ramat Sharret to the west and south. The massive buildings, with their connecting bridge apartments, on top of the mountain ridge, allow a magnificent open view of Jerusalem and the surrounding hills. The buildings, which have a beautiful green park as their center, have already become a landmark. Still under construction, this community will be completed with a high-rise tower. The residents are a mixture of secular and national religious. Holyland Towers is a complex of luxury apartment buildings in Jerusalem, South of the old city. The developer is Hillel Cherny. Before construction began in 1995, it was the site of Holyland Hotel (Eretz Hatzvi Hotel) and the open air Holyland Model of Jerusalem, now located on the grounds of the Israel Museum. When the old hotel was torn down, an archeological survey revealed a Bronze Age burial ground. The initial plan was to replace the existing hotel with a larger one. This plan was later abandoned in favor of constructing residential housing, which required rezoning. It was the re-zoning process that led to bribery charges.[3] The 60-dunam (60,000 m2; 0.023 sq mi) plan includes a total of 1200 apartments. Holyland Tower 1 (2009), a 121 m (397 ft) high building with 32 floors, is the highest building of Jerusalem. A similar Tower 2 is projected. In the same complex are Holyland Park Tower 1 to 7 (2004–2009), each 52 m (171 ft) with 15 floors. The Park Towers are connected by air bridges. The architecture is by Carmi Architects, Spector-Amisar, Tishby-Rozio Architects, and Moshe Zur Architects and Town Planners. The buildings are visible from most places in the city. Critics have said they are ugly and intrude on the city skyline. Public Transportation: bus stations: 7.