The Tower of David in Hebrew Migdal David, is also known as Jerusalem Citadel. It is located near the Jaffa Gate at the entrance of the Old City of Jerusalem
The citadel that we see today dates from the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. It was build on the site of ancient fortifications of the Hasmoneans, Byzantine and Early Muslim periods.
The ruins of David's Tower
It contains many archaeological findings dating back about 2,000 years and items dating to the First Temple of Jerusalem. Today it’s a popular venue for events, sound-and-light performances, craft shows, and concerts.
The name is from the times of the Byzantine, that believed it was the original palace of King David. They took the name from the “Song of Songs” by King Solomon, David’s son.
The Tower as seen from Mishkenot Shaananim in Jerusalem
This place is also known as a museum of the history of Jerusalem. It presents in detail the history since the beginning of this city with evidence of the existence of this holy city since the second millennium BCE, through history until it became the capital of Israel and shed light about the importance of this city to the three monotheistic religions. Explanations are in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
Sound and Light Show at the Tower
Sound and Light Show
This museum stages a “Sound and Light Show”, the only one of its kind in the world, telling the History of Jerusalem. All this with awe inspiring images about religion, culture, rulers and legends. All this projected magically over the ruins of Jerusalem Citadel.
The most advanced interactive digital technologies are used, with emphasis on games for children, families and adults alike.
A Light and Sound show that nobody should miss in Jerusalem
An important visitor’s site
The Citadel’s towers offer a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the city’s modern areas.
This museum offers temporary exhibitions which integrates the ancient history of the city with contemporary issues of art and history.
It hosts lectures, special events in music, education, dance and drama.
A visit to this site is a must for every Israeli and Tourist, that would like to enhance its knowledge about a city that some people dare to say that it ”Has nothing to do with the Jewish people”. We call that Chutzpah.
To visit this site just go to the main entrance of the Old City Jerusalem called Jaffa Gate, turn right and you are there.
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