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Museum complex “Tower of David”

A high tower of white stone is visible from almost anywhere in Jerusalem. This is the only of the three ancient observation towers that has survived to this day. In the time of Herod I the Great, the tower was called “Fasail”. The fortress was repeatedly destroyed during numerous wars, and all buildings on its territory were rebuilt. The fortress acquired its present appearance in the 16th century during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. It was then that the observation tower was rebuilt into a minaret. The Ottomans believed that the palace of King David was previously located on this place, and the whole complex of buildings was named after him. Now the “Tower of David” is an interesting archaeological park where you can see the buildings of several eras. Inside the buildings, parts of ancient structures have been preserved, and installations have been exhibited that reveal the long history of Israel. The complex has several viewing platforms from where you can admire the Old Town.

Museum complex “Tower of David”
Despite the fact that the complex is located near the Jaffa Gate, the main contingent of visitors is Israeli schoolchildren who come here with school trips, but there are practically no tour groups here. You will have to pay 40 shekels for an adult ticket, discounts apply for children and pensioners. In the evening, a light show is held on the territory of the complex, which is paid separately.
Fortress wall
Fortress wall
A walk around the old city along the ramparts is one of Jerusalem’s secret tourist attractions. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism deliberately does not advertise this place so that tourists do not fill it, as happened with the Great Wall of China. Walking along the ancient fence built in the first half of the 16th century, you can see from the height of 10-15 meters all four quarters of Jerusalem and the most significant sights. The teeth of the wall are at the level of the face of an adult of medium height, the risk of falling is close to zero.

Fortress wall
It is more convenient to combine a walk along the fortress wall immediately after visiting the “Tower of David”. At the exit of the complex will appear signs with the inscription “Rampart Wall”. Entrance tickets for the price of 18 shekels are sold in an inconspicuous room, and along with them an avenue with a description of the attraction is issued. So that tourists can go around the fortress along the entire perimeter with a length of 5 kilometers, one ticket is valid for two days. Be sure to keep it during this time: on the wall, controllers are often found. There is a climb to the wall near each gate.
Church of Christ the Redeemer and the bell tower
Church of Christ the Redeemer and the bell tower
A high white tower with a pyramidal roof is visible from anywhere in the Old City of Jerusalem. This is the bell tower of the German Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, built at the end of the 19th century. Once upon a time there was a church of Mary of Latin, built in the XI century. Some fragments have survived to this day: two-story galleries, a small chapel, a northern entrance with images of twelve zodiac signs. The chapel and the green courtyard, surrounded by galleries, can be reached from the main church building. The interior of the temple is modest: there are no murals or icons. Divine services are held in German and Arabic. Also, tourists of any faith can attend an organ music concert.

Church of Christ the Redeemer and the bell tower
Tickets for the 40-meter bell tower are sold inside the church at the entrance and cost 15 shekels. Along with the ticket, the tourists are given a prospectus (also in Russian), telling about the history of the Church of Christ the Redeemer. To climb to the observation deck, you need to overcome 178 steps of a steep spiral staircase. From the bell tower you can clearly see the domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Muristan Square, as well as all four religious quarters of the Old City.
Austrian hospice
Austrian hospice
In the very center of the colorful eastern city is a piece of Europe. The Austrian hospice was built in the 60s of the XIX century for Christian pilgrims who were seriously ill on the road. Later there was the residence of the Austrian ambassador and a military hospital, and in the late 60s of the XX century, the hospice became a hotel. Now on its roof is equipped with an observation deck. Private guides who know every corner of Jerusalem and sophisticated independent tourists love her.

Austrian hospice
The cost of a hotel room with breakfast starts from 70 euros per night, while admission to the former Austrian hospice is free. You need to ring the doorbell, and when the administrator asks in English how he can help, answer: “Hello! I’d like to visit an observation deck ”. The observation deck is open from 10 to 18 hours daily. The staircase to it leaves the hospice building, so along the way you can walk along the corridors and observe the respectable guests from Western Europe. At the entrance to the observation deck you need to pay 5 shekels.

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