Masah Series: Jerusalem Rebuilt – The Great Builders of Jerusalem

Jerusalem Rebuilt

The Great Builders of Jerusalem

April – June 2017

Throughout different periods, Jerusalem has had many rulers and its history is interwoven with different religious journeys and new military might.  Each time, the rulers of the city left their marks on it, some of which remain to this day: citadels, churches, giant pools, great walls, mosques and wonders of the world. Three different tours will track the magnificent buildings from the days of Herod the Great until modern style architecture.

The guided tours are in English


Jerusalem in Turquoise I Süleyman the Magnificent, Builder of Jerusalem

Friday | June.30 | 10:00 am

For close to 50 years, Suleiman the Magnificent ruled Jerusalem and during this time was responsible for restoring and constructing buildings in the city, many of which have become outstanding symbols of the city, including the iconic symbol of Jerusalem, the Tower of David. The tour will explore the Ottoman buildings left by the Sultan: the aqueduct, Sultan’s Pool, the Old City walls, the Tower of David and look from afar at other religious building such as the magnificent Dome of the Rock now covered by Ottoman ceramic tiles.  The tour will then continue into what was once the Ladino community of the city that found refuge in the Ottoman Empire after expulsion from Spain in 1492.  This was one of the largest and most important communities in Jerusalem until the 19th century. The tour will include a visit to the Sephardi synagogues.

Guide: Moshe Igur

Price: 100 NIS adults/ 90 ₪ student / senior citizens (includes entrance fee to the four synagogues.

Duration: 3 hours

  • The meeting place will be given at time of booking
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The Sky's the Limit I Between Euphoria and Traditionalism 1967-1980

Friday | May.26 | 10:00 am

A guided tour in English for lovers of architecture that traces the Six Day War’s influence on construction in Jerusalem.  The architecture of the city changed after the Six Day War as destruction gave place to euphoric construction in the city. Safra Square looks out onto the Hebrew University Mount Scopus Campus that many saw as megalomaniac and brutal in style, typical of many post-war structures. From Safra Square the tour continues to Hebrew Union College as another impressive structure built during this time period in Jerusalem.

Guide: Architect Moshe Shapira

Price: 90 NIS adults/ 80 ₪ student / senior citizens (includes entry to the Old Yishuv Court Museum)

Duration: 3 hours

  • The meeting place will be given at time of booking

Game of Thrones I Crusader Architecture of Art and Intrigue

Friday | April.28 | 10:00 am

Jerusalem from Crusader times was a city of remarkable contrasts: on the one hand, the bloody wars were the backdrop to the formidable fortresses that were built under the cross of the Crusader knights and Christian spirituality, on the other hand the city saw the creation of beautiful buildings with an influx of fine art items and luxury objects that came from overseas. The guided tour in English will take participants from Mount Zion to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre exploring both the lives of the knights and kings, queen and bishops as well as the daily lives of the pilgrims and simple fighters Crusader city.

 Tour Guide: Neta Bodner, an expert in the Crusader period and Crusader architecture

Price: 90 NIS adults/ 80 ₪ student / senior citizens (includes entry to different sites)

Duration: 3 hours

  • The meeting place will be given at time of booking

  • Session Duration 3 hours
  • Sign up by calling *2884 or on the website
  • The Reservations Centre operates Sunday to Thursday from 08:00-16:00.
  • Notice of the meeting place will be sent via email upon registration.
  • Cancellation policy:
    No fee if cancelled at least 4 business days before the meeting
    50% fee if cancelled 1-4 days prior to the meeting date
    Full fee if cancelled the day of the meeting
  • The Tower of David Museum reserves the right to make changes in the program / series, and to replace and / or add lecturer
  • Due to unforeseen constraints there may be changes in the dates of the meetings. In this case, every effort will be made by the Tower of David to notify all applicants of the change in advance