Guided tour including an observation point on the Temple Mount and the Old City and a visit to the exhibit inside the museum.“The Mount” which tells the story of the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif in the context of the city’s modern history through an inclusive, in-depth photographic study.
View unique photographs to understand the changes which have occurred on the Temple Mount in the last 150 years. The photographs serve to dissect the reasons for developments which occurred in this place, which became the holiest and most important religious and political complex in the Middle East.
Tower of David Museum - next to the Jaffa Gate
The Temple Mount – al-Haram al-Sharif, is the most striking and visible symbol of the Jerusalem Old City skyline – the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque are at its center. The rectangular complex is one-sixth of the area of Jerusalem’s Old City, about 150,000 square meters. For more than 3000 years the Mount has been holy to hundreds of millions of people all over the world, stirring strong religious, political and moral feelings and spurring research in the fields of history, archaeology, and culture.
Ancient Jewish traditions hold that this is the mountain of the binding of Isaac; the holy place where the First Temple of Solomon stood; the site of the Second Temple erected by exiles returning from Babylon, renovated during the times of the Hasmonean dynasty and King Herod and destroyed in 70 CE. Ever since it has been a focus for Jews yearning and longing to rebuild the Temple when Redemption comes.
In the Christian tradition, the site is tied to the life and acts of Jesus of Nazareth, who founded a new religion in Jerusalem. In the Islamic tradition, it is the third holiest site for Muslims after Mecca and Medina. The site was sanctified in the 7th century as the place where the prophet Mohammed ascended into heaven on his wondrous night journey. From that time until today, with the exception of the Crusader period (1099 – 1187), al-Aqsa Mosque – the Farthest Mosque – situated on the Mount, has been the most important center for Muslims in Jerusalem. Judaism and Islam commonly accept the designation of the foundation stone at the center of the Mount as the “navel” of the world – the place from which the entire world was created. In Hebrew, the Mount is called Temple Mount or Mount Moriah, and in Arabic al-Haram al-Sharif.
Opening times - Tower of David Museum - next to Jaffa Gate:
Monday, 9:30 am; Thursday, 1:30 pm