פורטרט, זאב ז'בוטינסקי במדים צבאיים, בזמן מלחמת העולם הראשונה.

The Tower of David Returns to Jerusalem

Writen by: Tamar Foox

With the closing of Sde Dov, the historic Citadel of Jerusalem finds a new home

One morning, 20 years ago, a man named Yitchak Zilberstein decided to build a model of the Tower of David. Luckily, he possessed detailed plans following the renovation which occurred with the opening of the Tower of David Museum. These plans included not just the Tower of David, but also the entire complex of the Citadel itself. Zilberstein decided to replicate the entire building; and there was no doubt that much work stood before him.


When we see the final result, it is impossible not to be surprised by his achievement.  Zilberstein replicated the Tower of David and the Citadel surrounding it on a scale of 1:50, in exact detail.  The final model weighed more than a ton.  Its size was about 2.5 meters (8 feet) by 3.2 meters (10.5 feet).  Instead of the ancient Jerusalem building stones with which we are so familiar, Zilberstein used more than 30,000 stones, which he shaped in accordance to the quarrying style of the stones for the original Tower of David.


In the last decade, the model was displayed in the Air Force base at Sde Dov. Now, with the decommissioning of the base, the Air Force hoped to take the model with them to their new base in Hatzor. To our great joy, the Zilberstein’s family decided in the end to donate the model to the Tower of David Museum.

After a complicated logistical mission, the model has come into the possession of the museum, and today is displayed permanently at the Tower of David for the public’s enjoyment. Come see and be amazed!

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