Tower of David
Old City Jerusalem

The Tower of David or in Hebrew Migdal David was constructed about 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great. It is located near the Jaffa Gate to Jerusalem Old City.

Today it has been restored and houses a museum depicting the long and interesting history of Jerusalem. Here they use the most advance technology to display and show us this history. It is also used nowadays, for events, craft shows, concerts and other performances.

The awe inspiring view of the city of Jerusalem and the archaeological gardens around all add to the importance of this site for your next visit. If you want to hear about Canaanites and Hebrews, as well as Romans, Crusaders and Muslims this is the place to visit.

Tower of David on an evening in Jerusalem

Romans and Christians

After the destruction of the temple in 70 AD the place was used for barracks by the Romans. When on the Fourth Century, the Romans adopted Christianity as the religion of the Empire a few monks moved into the citadel.

Arab Conquest and Crusaders

In 638 AD the Muslim rulers refurbished and reinforced the citadel.  The strength of the building repelled the Crusaders in 1099 and the Muslim left only after being offered safeguard out of the city.

During the period of the Crusaders thousands of pilgrims started to visit Jerusalem via the port of Jaffa. The tower was the sea of the King of the Crusaders.

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A view of the Tower from outside the Walls

Mamluks and Ottomans

In 1187 the city of Jerusalem was captured by Sultan Saladin. The tower and most of the city were destroyed and later rebuilt.

The Ottomans rebuilt the tower again during the years 1537-1541 with an impressive entrance and a mosque and a minaret that can be seen today. At that time the complex was beginning to be known as Tower of David for the founder and King of Jerusalem.

British Mandate 1917-1948

During World War I, the city of Jerusalem was captured by the forces of General Allenby, who formally proclaimed the triumph from a platform outside the entrance of David Tower.  The Citadel was remodeled and kept in best conditions by the British High Commissioner, who as mentioned before, established the Pro Jerusalem Society.

Years from 1948 to 1967

During the War of Independence, the Arab Legion captured Jerusalem and brought back the citadel to its original role of military barracks. When Jerusalem was liberated on the Six day War of June 1967 the Tower of David was revived to its former glory.

Migdal David standing proud after 2,000 years in Jerusalem

Migdal David Museum

Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem was opened in 1989 and it is located in several chambers of the original citadel. In the courtyard you may see archaeological ruins dating more than 2,700 years.

As of 2002, the Jerusalem foundation reported that over 3.5 million visitors had toured the museum. In the exhibit you’ll learn about 4,000 of Jewish History from its beginnings as a Canaanite city until modern times. They use all kind of maps, videos, holograms and models for the benefit of the visitors. One of the highlights of the visits is ascending to the ramparts for an all around view of the Old and new cities of Jerusalem.

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