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The Old City of Jerusalem is a grand 3,000-year cross-cultural architectural collaboration, a patchwork of fortifications, monuments and shrines cobbled together by three millennia worth of kings, conquerers and holy men. In no single place is this more apparent than the Jerusalem Citadel, popularly known as the Tower of David.
The tower itself, a minaret added by the Ottomans to an older Mameluke mosque, dominates the Old City's skyline and has become an unmistakable emblem of all Jerusalem. But the truly historically interesting part of the citadel lies behind the tower. Situated over a weak spot in the ancient city's defenses, the area of the citadel has been continuously used as a fortification by every Jerusalem civilization from the Canaanites and Israelites on down to the Ottomans, all building atop and throughout each other's works – and they have all left extensive reminders of their presence behind.
The extensive on-site museum documents the complete history of Jerusalem as seen through the lens of ever-dynamic citadel. The Tower of David museum also hosts numerous contemporary temporary exhibits and has recently added the much buzzed about "Night Spectacular," an incredible outdoor light and sound show that tells the story of Jerusalem with breathtaking images, characters and sounds that are projected onto the walls, archeological ruins and hidden pathways of the citadel.
Adults: Museum visit: 36 NIS, Night Spectacular: 55 NIS, combo ticket: 70 NIS | Children (until age 18) and seniors: Museum visit: 18 NIS, Night Spectacular: 45 NIS, combo ticket: 55 NIS | Students: Museum visit: 25 NIS, Night Spectacular: 45 NIS, combo ticket: 55 NIS | Soldiers, handicapped: Museum visit: 15 NIS, Night Spectacular: 30 NIS, combo ticket: 40 NIS
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