Visit the Old City of Jerusalem and Tower of David Museum.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||San Francisco International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
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Day 1: Departure
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Day 3: Return
Tower of David Museum, Old City Jerusalem
What’s special about it:
Standing at the entrance of the Old City from Jaffa Gate, The Tower of David Museum is a beautiful example of overlaying architectural styles representing the city’s history of successive conquests. Built as a palace for Herod the Great in the first century CE, it was successively used by Roman procurators, Byzantine and Muslims conquerors and Crusaders. Its current design is the result of Ottoman additions, in particular from Suleyman the Magnificent. Inside you’ll be able to discover the entire history of Jerusalem in a leisurely and accessible manner.
What you will see there:
The history of this medieval fortress is in itself an attraction. The edifice hosts a display of the city’s history from its archaeological beginnings in the second millennium BCE until Jerusalem became the capital of the State of Israel. It’s a wonderful way to travel from the Canaanite period to the creation of the State of Israel and discover how the influences from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rules shaped the city. The central role Jerusalem plays in the three monotheistic religions is also highlighted. Among the archaeological remains and historical artifacts, the large scale model of Jerusalem dating back to the late 19th century is particularly interesting.
You’ve walked through the enthralling alleyways of the Old City, you’ve seen amazingly well preserved artifacts from different eras, now it’s time to see the city from a different vantage point. By going up the citadel’s ramparts, you’ll be able to admire the great views they afford and take some panoramic shots. The tower offers breathtaking 360-degree views.
If you have the opportunity to go back to Jerusalem on another day of your trip, consider spending the evening at the Tower of David to watch The Night Spectacular. This 45-minutes sound and light show, using the imposing citadel as its backdrop for an enchanting spectacle, unfolds the story of the city in an original and memorable way.
The exhibition The Camera Man – Women and Men Photograph Jerusalem 1900-1950 (through the end of December 2016) showcases works by major photographers who lived and worked in the city during the first half of the twentieth century. Expect nostalgic, vibrant and intriguing shots of this unique place on earth where Jews, Christians, and Muslims have co-habited, with varied fortunes, for centuries.
Sun to Thur: 9:00-16:00; Fri and Holiday eves: 9:00-14:00; Saturday: 9:00 – 16:00.
Nearby the Old City you have many unique options for lunch.