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The municipal authorities are housed in the offices of the Mayor of Jerusalem, a complex of buildings. It was created in the 1990s around Safra Square in the Daniel Garden. It brings together all the activities of the Municipality that were previously located in 32 different buildings scattered throughout the city. The site of the city municipal offices was chosen in the mid-1980s because it was the center of the city between east and west, near the Old City and the historic main street of the city, Jaffa Street. As this site is at the historic center of the city, various measures were taken so as to create buildings that met the practical needs of the town hall without damaging the architectural and historical character of the neighborhood. These considerations led to the preservation of various historical buildings that were renovated, and the construction of two modern buildings at three sites, primarily in Safra Square.