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Conservation Week

Conservation Week – Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel: May 5-13

Friday, May 5, 10:00am | Open, Under Construction! Behind the scenes tour of the renewal project with an emphasis on the conservation of the Citadel. Included in admission price.

Friday, May 12, 10:00am | Secrets of Herod’s Palace and the Kishle, tour of the archaeological excavation and the conservation of the building, containing within it 3,000 years of history. Included in admission price.

Tuesday, May 9, Museum Day | Free admission to the museum, including tours (advance registration required for tours) | 10:00am Open, Under Construction! Tour | 11:00am, Secrets of Herod’s Palace and the Kishle tour.

Open! Under Construction

Behind the scenes tour of the renovation, restoration, and accessibility project at the Tower of David Museum

Peek behind the scenes at the renovation project of the Tower of David museum located inside the ancient Jerusalem Citadel, next to the Jaffa Gate. Tour of the site and discussion about the restoration dilemmas arising in working on a very significant historical building, balancing needs for modernization and accessibility in the active museum operating within it. How do you adapt ancient spaces for modern exhibits featuring advanced technology? What is required in order to make accessible an historic building and fortress that is thousands of years old? And what discoveries were found during the course of new archaeological excavations in the Citadel?

Tour Length: 90 minutes

Secrets of Herod’s Palace and the Kishle

Tour inviting visitors on an exciting journey to the city’s past, through the major events and stories that shaped the face of history.

Above ground, Jerusalem is bustling – beautiful, exciting, and mysterious, full of one-of-a-kind sights, smells and tastes. The key to the city’s secrets and treasures, however, is locked deep underground where the historical events that shaped the city’s character are exposed. The Kishle, used in the past as a police station and prison, sitting south of the Tower of David and next to the walls of the Old City. During the British Mandate, the building was used for prisoners from the Jewish Underground and the Etzel. In 1999, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted an extensive archaeological excavation in the Kishle, exposing secrets of the city spanning from the First Temple Period until modern times.

Tour Length: 90 minutes

Photo: by Mor Dagan