Migdal David (David's Tower or David's Citadel), one of those icons that appear everywhere as a symbol of Jerusalem, is an outright case of mistaken identity. This white phallic-shaped tower that dominates the Old City skyline, which everyone thinks was built by King David, is just what it looks like, if you look again - a minaret. King David never set foot there.
The lower section of the so-called Tower of David was actually built by Herod the Great, known for his mania for monumental architecture (and a few other manias, among them paranoia, which led him to execute several members of his family). The massive stones of the tower have some of the distinctive architectural features of the Western Wall, such as the beveling around the edges of the stones.
Today, Migdal David is a museum. Before you go in, take a good look at the outside walls. The Herodian stones stand out clearly from the rest, rising to a height of 30-40 feet. The rest of the tower is a Turkish addition.
In fact, the only sign of King David you will find in David's Citadel is a bronze copy of Verrocchio's "David," a Renaissance sculpture of the young David (clothed, as opposed to Michelangelo's famous paragon of male nudity), a gift to Jerusalem from the city of Florence.
Another one of Jerusalem's landmarks.
One of the nicest things to do in Jerusalem is to take walk in David Tower's walls at night, its fantastic, Just check the opening hours.
The citadel is located near Jaffa gate and near the Police statoin of the old city.
And if you're looking for a hostel to stay in then check the Petra hostel which just accross the road to the citadel and its amazing to sit at your balcony and watch it !!
The tower of David is one of the old city emblems. It's right in the entrance to the old city, next to Jaffa Gate. The old citadel was restored and is now the home of a museum of the city history. The permanent exhibit covers the city history starting from the Canaanite period, about 3200 BC. On top of that there are temporary exhibits of history and art.
If you don't like slick, touristy group tours that take you to places that look like museums, then this is the walk for you! Just behind the tower of David Museum and the Jaffa Gate (You'll see signs), you'll find a small door. The price is 16 shekels, 8 for people with Student ID cards. You'll walk about a quarter of the walls of the old city. The restorations are shoddy, at best, meaning that what you see is what you get. You'll get a great view of Jerusalem and a sense of what the Old City would have been like 100, 200, 500 or even 2000 years ago.
The Citadel includes the Tower of David, an attractive minaret jutting high above the old Jerusalem walls and named after the Jewish King David (the one responsible for kicking Goliath's butt), although it was originally built by King Herod - who also built the Western Wall. The citadel dominates the Jaffa Gate area of the Old City at the edge of the Christian Quarter.
Like much of the Old City it has been rebuilt, resdesigned, renovated and knocked back down again countless times as the city has changed hands between Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, Crusaders, Ottomans and so on.
The Museum of the history of Jerusalem is here in the Citadel
Goes through Jerusalem history.
See the building from outside Jaffa gate, sorry we did not have time to visit the Museum but the parking was so close that we could manage to see from outside
man, i'm pretty sure this was on independance day, had to be.......now i'm really trying to remember the name of the park that I was at when I took this photo, just right across liberty bell park where I spent most of my time in yerushalayim playing ball
Special events the night I took this pic, while on my way home from gan ha'paamoun I stopped for a while and relaxed, I later found out that this same night Ariel Sharon was speaking at the Museum on a special occasion, I can't think exactly but I think it was on independence day.....hmmmmm, can't get my mind off now, trying to remember.......he he
During King Herod's reign (37-4 BCE) Jerusalem grew northward. Monumental building projects included the Second Wall, the expansive and magnificent Temple Mount, the Antonia Fortress andthe Citadel (today's Tower of David). Numerous palaces as well as public buildings, such as markets, a theater and a hippodrome,enhanced the city. Besides large-scale construction, Herodian and late-Second Temple era Jerusalem witnessed religious and socialferment. Fierce controversies broke out between various sects and factions.
Saul, the first king of Israel, was killed in battle against the Philistines, and David was chosen as his successor. One of David's first acts as king was the conquest of Jerusalem. He named it the "City of David" and declared it the capital of his kingdom. The choice of Jerusalem despite its shortcomings - remoteness from trade routes, chronic water shortage, unsuitable strategic location - was apparently dictated by a geopolitical constraint. The city is situated at the center of the three great territorial blocs that were allotted to the twelve tribes of Israel, and it borders on the territory of the Tribe of Benjamin - to which King Saul had belonged - and on that of Judah, King David's tribe. Thus the isolated Jebusite city (like today's Washington, D.C.), considered neutral in terms of the tribal division of territory, was acceptable to the whole nation.
The Citadel of Jerusalem is better known as the Tower of David. Now the fort is distinguished by its Islamic towers and entrance porch, but the Citadel's history goes back way before that. The Jewish historian Josephus first called the fortress the "Citadel of King David." The name "David's Tower" now refers to the minaret on the south side that you can see in the picture.
The palace and citadel remained a very important site in the history of Israel. When the Romans assumed direct control over Palestine in 6 CE, the Roman Procurator resided in the Herodian palace. According to the New Testament, Jesus was judged here. Jewish "rebels" were summoned before the Roman ruler and were scourged and then crucified. The cruelty was one of the causes of the First Jewish War. In 66 CE Jewish rebels attacked and burnt the palace.
The oldest remains of a city date back to the monarchic period in Israel. King Hezekiah (end of 8th Century BCE) built a wall and towers after the Assyrian invasion of Judah (2 Chronicles 32:5). The wall was 7 meters wide, and constructed of large boulders. This giant wall was damaged during the Babylonian victory over Jerusalem in 587/6 BCE. . Over the centuries the Citadel was destroyed and built up many times.
The Citadel since 1989 has housed an unusual museum of the town's history.
The King David Tower is just at the gate of the old city, it's historical museum and very interesting place to visit, also there is great view from this place.
these are for tourists, or to make it look nice anyways.....right at the entrance into the old city, shaar yafo, just to the right side of the street
The David's towers are part of a large complex located at one of the old city entrances. There is an interesting museum inside, and you can climb up the city walls for nice views.