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The Tower of David Museum inhabits the medieval Tower of David. Despite its name, the Tower of David did not actually have anything to do with Kind David. While the tower's original purpose was to defend Jerusalem, it now contains an extremely comprehensive museum the details Jerusalem's history. While walking through the citadel, you'll find informative panels and miniature models depicting Jerusalem at different points of its existence.

Recent travelers praise the nighttime light show. According to one TripAdvisor user, "It tells the story of the history of the city and it is extremely well done. The setting as well, in the courtyard of the Tour of David, is beautiful to see at night."

The Tower of David Museum overlooks Jaffa Gate on the western edge of the Old City. Hours of operation and the lightshow schedule vary greatly depending on the day and the season; you can find a detailed timetable on the Tower of David Museum website. General admission to the museum costs 30 ILS (around $8 USD) for adults and 15 ILS (roughly $4 USD) for children. The lightshow costs 55 ILS (about $15 USD) for adults and 45 ILS (around $12 USD) for kids.

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Chances are that you'll spend much of your time here. The Old City is home to many of Jerusalem's most sought-after attractions, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Temple Mount. Originally built by King David in 1004 B.C., the walled Old City comprises four distinct areas: the Jewish Quarter (or the Cardo), the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter. Each quarter exudes its own unique atmosphere, with religious sites, shops, and food offerings reflecting its respective heritage. Yet the Old City's winding alleyways and ancient stone plazas allow mixing and mingling among these cultures, making a very eclectic environment.

It's easy to lose yourself (both metaphorically and geographically) in the Old City, but make sure you devote some attention to its boundaries. You can access the Old City from seven entryways: the New Gate, Damascus Gate, Herod's Gate, Lions' Gate, Dung Gate, Zion Gate, and Jaffa Gate. Each doorway marks a significant era of Jerusalem's history. For example, Jaffa Gate is where the Tower of David (the city's primary defense point) can be found.

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