"Tower of David" The Citadel - Tower of David Tip by traveloturc

The Citadel - Tower of David, Jerusalem: 27 reviews and 56 photos

  Tower of David
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The Tower of David (Hebrew,Migdal David) is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City's defenses, the citadel was constructed during the second century BC and subsequently destroyed and rebuilt by, in succession, the Christian, Muslim, Mamluk, and Ottoman conquerors of Jerusalem. It contains important archeological finds dating back 2,700 years.
In 1187, Sultan Salahaddin captured the city and the site. The Mamluks destroyed it in 1260 and later rebuilt it. The citadel was rebuilt yet again between 1537-1541 by the Ottomans, who designed an impressive entrance, behind which stood a cannon emplacement. For 400 years, the citadel served as a garrison for Turkish troops. The Ottomons also installed a mosque at the site and added the minaret, which still stands today. It was during this time that the complex began to be called the "Tower of David," after the founder-king of Jerusalem.
After the defeat of the Prussians and their Ottoman allies in World War I General Allenby declared the British capture of Jerusalem on the platform outside the entrance to the Tower of David

Directions: Old City Jerusalem
Phone: +972-26265333
Website: http://www.tod.org.il/en/

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  • Written Feb 29, 2008
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