Tower of David, Jerusalem

Tower of David, Jerusalem (must see)

Located in the Old City part of Jerusalem, the Tower of David is an old stronghold that can be found near the Jaffa Gate. It was built to bring a more solid sense of security to what had traditionally been a very unfortified part of the town. It was named as such due to the Byzantine Christians who used to live here. They believed the site was the original location of the palace of King David.

The tower was built during the 2nd Century B.C. Like many structures in the area, it was destroyed and rebuilt several times by the Christians, Muslims, Mamluks, and Ottomans. The archaeological evidence found here dates back almost 3,000 years. This place has also become a very popular location for concerts, music performances, craft shows, and benefits.

A museum was opened here in 1989 by the Jerusalem Foundation. The exhibits depicted a stretch of around 4,000 years of history, which goes all the way back to Canaanite times. You can also go all the way to the top and see a beautiful full-circle view of the city. The location gets about 3.5 millions visits a year.

Tip:
There is a spectacular/interesting sound-and-light show (45 minutes) at the Citadel later in the evening which is worth viewing – but book early, as it sells out quickly.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu, Sat: 9am-4pm; Friday, holiday eves and holidays: 9am-2pm

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Tower of David on Map

Sight Name: Tower of David
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Famous Architecture of Jerusalem Walking Tour   Old City Orientation Walk   Cultural Walking Tour of Jerusalem  

Walking Tours in Jerusalem, Israel

Create Your Own Walk in Jerusalem

Create Your Own Walk in Jerusalem

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Mount Scopus and Surroundings Walking Tour

Mount Scopus and Surroundings Walking Tour

Jerusalem is surrounded by hills. Mount Scopus, in the northeast of the city, offers the most splendid view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Its most visited landmarks are Ammunition Hill, a memorial of a great battle, the Hebrew University campus, with its botanical garden and amphitheater, a military cemetery and a few others. This self-guided tour will lead you to the following Mount Scopus...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Old City Orientation Walk

Old City Orientation Walk

The Old City of Jerusalem, the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, is a home to a number of sites of great religious importance, such as the Temple Mount and Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims. Walking here is an experience not to be missed. Take this orientation walk to see the key sights of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Following Steps of Jesus Walking Tour in Jerusalem

Following Steps of Jesus Walking Tour in Jerusalem

Jerusalem was considered for centuries to be the center of the universe. The most famous figure in the history of mankind, Jesus Christ, fulfilled his divine mission in this city. This self-guided tour will retrace the steps of Jesus to show you some of the holiest places in the world.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Mount of Olives Walking Tour of Jerusalem

Mount of Olives Walking Tour of Jerusalem

The Mount of Olives is on the east side of the Old City of Jerusalem. Here you will see the magnificent churches that are also biblical sites, a very old cemetery with tombs of the Prophets. For many people this is a holy place as God is always present here. The following self-guided tour will lead you through the Mount of Olives landmarks:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Religious Buildings of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Religious Buildings of Jerusalem Walking Tour

Jerusalem is considered to be one of the most holy places on this planet. Temples, cathedrals and churches are packed closely together in this ancient town. This self-guided tour will take you through some of the most historical religious buildings in Jerusalem.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Jerusalem without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Jerusalem, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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