The Burnt House & Migdal David

The Burnt House

This house belonged to a priest working at the Temple. It was burned on the same day as the Temple (along with a good part of Jerusalem, actually). There is a separate exhibit showing the utensils, pots, perfume containers, etc. found in the house. These collapsed walls were actually of a basement workroom, and the living quarters had been above, but it all collapsed in the flames. Kinda strange since I did not think stones would burn. A spear and the severed arm of a young girl found in the ruins testify to the violence of their end. The museum constructed a hypothetical family situation using clues found in the house and history of the times, and made a film showing the differences between the priests and the Zealots, and how it tore up families. Interesting.

Plan of house walls



Migdal David

We went without our camera - what a shame. These couple of pictures are from the Internet, but do not begin to give a picture of what it was like. The inside area is full of gorgeous art work including giant guitars (yes -guitars), one in each arch, and garden art. They have sound and light shows here. There are walking tours with signs guiding you on your choice of archeological exhibits or historical exhibits. We spent a lot of hours here. We'll just have to go again ... with a camera.

The name Tower of David was an error by a historian. King David was never here.

This is the Tower of Faisal - built by Herod and named for his brother. There were 2 more, also named for family members. When the Romans destroyed it, it was later rebuilt in the Middle Ages, which explains the Medieval "look" of the whole thing. The smaller stones of the Tower of Faisal show where it was reconstructed. They also added the dry moat around it.