Citadel or Tower of David
Tower of David © israeltourism
The Tower of David was constructed in the 1st century BC as a fortress for King Herod, and has since served as a strategic defence position of the Old City. The tallest tower of The Citadel, the Phasael, is the best place to appreciate the magnificent panoramic view of Jerusalem. The Citadel contains the excellent Museum of the History of Jerusalem, featuring fascinating displays of 4,000 years of the city's past in the courtyards and rooms of the fortress. Free tours of The Citadel and museum are conducted in Hebrew on Tuesdays at 10:30am, and in English every day except Friday and Saturday at 11am. The light and sound show held almost nightly is also a delightful way to learn about the history of Jerusalem.
The Citadel of David is a great first stop for visitors to Jerusalem as it covers the history of the city from biblical times to the present in a very accessible and interesting way. There are captions in English and Hebrew and audio guides available so you can easily explore without taking one of the tours. The citadel itself is thrilling with some fascinating architectural elements. Those who struggle with steps should note that there are a lot of them at this site and seeing the place properly requires a fair amount of climbing.
Address: Jaffa Gate
Transport: Line 38. Lines 13 and 18 stop at King David Street.
Opening times: Saturdays to Thursdays: 9am-4pm Fridays: 9am-2pm
Admission: NIS 40 for adults, concessions available.