Photographer's Note

Migdal David with its well-preserved remains from the Hasmonean, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, Mamluk and Ottoman periods, is now one of the most impressive historical sites in the country. It was called Turris David (David's Tower) by the Crusaders. It housed the king's garrison, the food warehouses for the army and the customs administration for imports, which were directed through this gate. Adjoining the Citadel was the king's palace.
It has always been of strategic importance in the defence of the city. The size and shape of the building and the nature of the stone used reflect successive stages in Jerusalem's eventful history.

Today the Citadel houses the Museum of the History of Jerusalem in which the history of the city has been imaginatively portrayed. A sound and light presentation focuses on the extensive archaeological excavations and restorations.

Migdal David, also known as the Citadel, adjoins the western gate of the Old City, Sha'ar Yaffo (Jaffa Gate) and stands at the heart of united Jerusalem. The very site which marked a divisive border is now a meeting place for all. It has always been a geographic meeting place, for it is here that the main road from Bet Lechem and Chevron south of Jerusalem meets the highway from Yafo and the coast in the west.

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