Love of the Land

For the week ending 15 November 2008 / 17 Heshvan 5769

David's Citadel - A Misnomer

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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Every visitor to Jerusalem is familiar with the impressive structure popularly referred to as David's Citadel or the Tower of David.

This tower, which has no connection with King David, was built over two thousand years ago as part of a fortress used to defend the city from invaders. Herod actually constructed three towers at this location, one of which he named Phasael Tower after his brother. It was only after Byzantine rule of the city that this tower became known as the Tower of David.

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