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Tower of David

by Touchpoint Israel

The Tower of David, one of Jerusalem’s iconic landmarks, rises above the walls of the Old City near the Jaffa Gate.

Although this ancient citadel has borne the namesake of the man who is arguably Israel’s most famous king, there is actually no connection between it and King David.

Also known as the Citadel of Jerusalem, tradition tells us that the tower was mistakenly identified by Byzantine Christians, who misinterpreted the writings of the historian Josephus by attributing the tower of Phasael, built by King Herod, to King David.

The King David light show at the Tower of David citadel in Jerusalem

The current tower was built in the mid-16th century, however, the strategic location has been the site of multiple towers ever since King Herod ruled.

In 1989, the citadel complex was converted into the Tower of David Museum, which tells the unique story of the city of Jerusalem. Today, visitors can experience the Tower of David in a new way. The King David show is a spectacular nighttime production using art, film, and music to depict the timeless story of David, projected onto the walls and excavations of the ancient citadel.

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