In the beginning of last week, I bought online tickets for the Night Spectacular at Tower of David (official site). We visited Tower of David’s museum about a decade ago thus we bought tickets only for Night Spectacular. Currently, the tickets are sold for 55 NIS per adult and the combined ticket (museum + Night Spectacular) costs 70 NIS.
In most evenings (at working days) there are two shows, the first one at 20:30 and the second one at 21:30. We bought tickets for the first Night Spectacular on Thu.
But before the Night Spectacular, we wanted to visit one more place. So let’s start from the beginning.
Map of the area:
Mahane Yehuda Market
As usual, we parked at Giv’at HaTahmoshet. It’s a park and ride site (free parking). And from there we took the tram to Mahane Yehuda Market. One of the reasons we went to Mahane Yehuda Market is Khachapuri. Khachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. My wife lived in Georgia during some part of her childhood and loves Khachapuri.
Unfortunately, the Georgian restaurant that we found in advance was closed. But when walking on the main street of Mahane Yehuda we saw Khachapuri sign. So we entered this bakery. There was a baker who could prepare you whatever you wished. We ordered two Khachapuri.
While sitting on the veranda of the bakery I took several photos.
This is my Khachapuri:
I took the classical one. It’s in a form of a boat and filled with different cheeses and an egg. First, you take an outer piece of the bread and mix all cheeses and the egg. Then you take pieces of the boat and dip them in the center.
My wife requested without an egg and the result very much resembled a round personal pizza.
After hanging out at the market we started to make our way towards the Old City.
Downtown Triangle area
In Downtown Triangle area (The Downtown Triangle is a central commercial and entertainment district in Jerusalem. The area is bounded by Jaffa Road on the north, King George Street, and Ben Yehuda Street) and surrounding neighborhoods, many streets were decorated. And each street has different hanging decoration. Here is another one:
I’ve been to Mamilla many times, but this is the first time I noticed there is a monastery in the middle of Mamilla.
Night Spectacular at Tower of David
As I mentioned earlier we had the 20:30 tickets for the Night Spectacular at Tower of David. On the ticket, there was a remark saying that we should be at 20:10 at the entrance. As you can see at 20:10 we were among the only ones there:
Out ticket was for 20:30 and the next show was at 21:30. Meaning that we could be there for max 50 min. As they told us we had 20 min for walking through the Tower of David and another 25 min for the show. But since they opened after 20:30 (I don’t understand why they couldn’t open at 20:10 as the ticket said) and the line took 10-15 min, many people walked straight to the sitting places for the Night Spectacular.
We walked through the Tower of David. But there was not much to see. Besides the general lighting, there were several places with light animations and several corners that were lighted. And that’s it. It was quite disappointing.
We were asked not to photograph/take video during the Night Spectacular. Thus I don’t have anything (mine) to show from the show itself. But I can say that we quite loved it. It was a 20 min movie projected on the inner walls. The movie briefly tells the story of Jerusalem. It started from The Book of Genesis and the creating of the world. Then you could see the construction of Jerusalem, Babylonian Exile … until modern days.
Here is the official video:
Regarding seating places, I don’t think there are any favorable ones. Except maybe sitting too close.
As the Night Spectacular ended we were rushed out through the back exit since the next group was about to enter.
Tower of David Museum
My last visit to the Tower of David Museum was more than a decade ago. Back then I was not into photography. But I was able to salvage several photos that were taken with a compact camera. And wanted to show them so that you will have a better picture.
Jerusalem’s Citadel, known as the ”Tower of David”, is a historical and archaeological asset of international significance. The Citadel is a medieval fortress with architectural additions from later periods. It is located near the Jaffa Gate, the historical entrance to the city and the point where the East meets the West. It bears cultural and architectural values and has been the symbol of the city of Jerusalem for generations.
The Origin of the Name: Despite being called the Tower of David, the citadel has no connection to King David. The roots of this mistake date back to the Byzantine period, when early Church fathers misinterpreted Josephus Flavius’ writings and attributed a tower from the time of Herod (the Tower of Phasael) to King David. The Muslims also associated the Herodian tower with King David and called it mihrab Nabi Daud (the prayer niche of the prophet David). In the 19th century, when Westerners arrived in the city looking for physical evidence of the scriptures, the Turkish minaret added to the Mamluk mosque was mistakenly identified as the Tower of David. It was then that the misnomer for the Herodian Phasael Tower was transferred to the Turkish minaret and it received the name the Tower of David.
Source: Official Site
The Museum presents Jerusalem’s story. It details the major events in its history beginning with the first evidence of a city in Jerusalem in the second millennium BCE, until the city became the capital of the State of Israel, as well as its significance to three religions. The permanent exhibition illustrates the city’s history along the axis of time using myriad methods and includes explanations in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Source: Official Site
Back to Downtown Triangle area
All in all, Night Spectacular at Tower of David is a nice experience. And if you haven’t been at the museum then consider the combo tickets.
Have you been to the Night Spectacular? Tell us about your experience in the comments below. And I’ll see you in future travels.
For additional points of interest nearby check out Jerusalem page.