The Tower of David is an large and massive medieval fortress building that was built on the ruins of ancient Herod's Palace the in first century period.
The complex is the home of Jerusalem Museum themed to tell three thousand years history of the Holy City.
At evening visitor can also come to the site to see a 45 minutes multi-dimensional audio and visual iconographic show that help visitors to understand how was dramatic and unique the history of Jerusalem.
The Tower of David is also known as the Jerusalem Citadel, located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to western edge of the Old City of Jerusalem.
The citadel dates to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods, it was built on the site of an earlier ancient fortification of the Hasmonean, Herodian, Byzantine and Early Muslim periods. It contains important archaeological finds dating back over 2,000 years including a quarry dated to the First Temple period.
The museum a wonderful place and very popular venue for benefit events, craft shows, concerts, and sound-and-light performances.
The name "Tower of David" is due to Byzantine Christians who believed the site was the palace of King David. They borrowed the name "Tower of David" from the Song of Songs, attributed to Solomon, his son: "Thy neck is like the Tower of David built with turrets, whereon there hang a thousand shields, all the armor of the mighty men." Song of Songs, 4:4
Many facts describe in the New Testament also occurred in the City of David, maybe the most important was the blind man healing by Jesus.
The City of David was abandoned after the romans destroy the Temple of Jerusalem and prohibit the Jewish People to return to Jerusalem.
The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem was opened in 1989 by the Jerusalem Foundation, it is located in a series of chambers in the original citadel.
The museum includes a courtyard which contains archeological ruins dating back 2,700 years. Visitors can see exhibits depict 4,000 years of Jerusalem's history, from Canaanite era to modern times.
The museum using maps, videotapes, holograms, drawings and models, visitors may also ascend to the ramparts, which command a 360-degree view of the Old City and New City of Jerusalem.
As of 2002, the Jerusalem Foundation reported that over 3.5 million visitors had visited this amazing museum.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King. God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge. For behold, the kings assembled, They passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; They were troubled, they hastened away. Fear took hold of them there, And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, As when You break the ships of Tarshish With an east wind. As we have heard, So we have seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, In the city of our God: God will establish it forever. Selah We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple. According to Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion rejoice, Let the daughters of Judah be glad, Because of Your judgments. Walk about Zion, And go all around her. Count her towers; Mark well her bulwarks; Consider her palaces; That you may tell it to the generation following. For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death.
Psalms 48:1–14 NKJV