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tower of david

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מגדל דוד

The name "Tower of David" was first used for the Herodian tower in the 5th century CE by the Byzantine Christians, who believed the site to be the palace of King David. They borrowed the name "Tower of David" from the Song of Songs 4:4, attributed to Solomon, King David's son, who wrote: "Thy neck is like the Tower of David built with turrets, whereon there hang a thousand shields, all the armor of the mighty men".
There are large unhewn stones in the middle of the courtyard; from King Hezekiah's time (2 Chronicles 32:5 ). Herod the Great built three towers here in order to strengthen the defense of his palace which was adjacent and those enormous stones on the lower course can be seen today. 
The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem was opened in 1989 by the Jerusalem Foundation close to Jaffa Gate. Located in a series of chambers in the original citadel, the museum includes a courtyard that contains archeological remains dating back 2,700 years. The exhibits depict 4,000 years of Jerusalem's history, from its beginnings as a Canaanite city to modern times. Using maps, videotapes, holograms, drawings and models, the exhibit rooms each depict Jerusalem under its various rulers. Visitors may also ascend to the ramparts, which command a 360-degree view of the Old City and the New City of Jerusalem.

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