The Tower of David is a name for the Citadel of Jerusalem, Israel, and is a significant archaeological and historical asset of international importance. The Tower of David is a fortress from medieval times that features additions to its architecture from later time periods. The Citadel is located near Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate, the point where the West meets the East and the city’s historical entrance. The gate possesses both architectural and cultural values, and has been the city of Jerusalem’s symbol for several generations.
Despite the name “Tower of David,” there is actually no connection between King David and the Citadel. The origins of this naming mistake go back to the Byzantine era, this is when father of the early Church misinterpreted the writings of Josephus Flavius. They attributed the Tower of of Phasael, a tower dating back to the time of Herod, to King David.
The Muslims associated King David with the same Herodian tower as well, can called the tower mihrab Nabi Daud, or “the prayer niche of the prophet David.” During the nineteenth century, the Turkish minaret that was added to the Mamluk mosque was mistaken for the Tower of David by Westerns who arrived in Jerusalem to look for physical evidence of the scriptures. It was at this time that misname for the Herodian Phasael Tower was transferred to the Turkish minaret, and it then received the name of the Tower of David.
From the tall heights of the Citadel’s towers, visitors can enjoy awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the city of Jerusalem: the Four Quarters, the New City, the Old City, the newer neighborhoods out to the Mount of Olives, the Judean Desert, Mount Scopus,a dneven the Dead Sea out in the distance. This panoramic view is one-of-a-kind in the the city, and lets visitors literally hold the entire city in the palm of their hand. Each visit to the city of Jerusalem starts at the Tower of David Museum, and each tour of the Tower of David starts with the amazing panoramic views from the towers of the Citadel.
The model of the Citadel highlights the site’s architectural qualities. This model depicts the Jerusalem citadel’s structure as it appears today in fine detail, including the minaret known as the Tower of David, the Citadel’s lavish entrance, and the moat that surrounds it. Details of the architecture, including terraces, openings, and stones, are depicted in the finest details, and various elements of the architecture are represented by various textures. The model’s location provides simultaneous views of both the model and the Citadel itself. Visitors can also find audio guides near this model in which the history of the Citadel is shared in multiple languages.
Situated within Jerusalem’s medieval “Tower of David” is the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem. The museum is located near the Old City’s historic entrance, the Jaffa Gate. The permanent exhibit at the museum illustrates the history of the city throughout time through a number of methods, including information in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, Israel, Phone: 972-26-26-53-33