Ronny Light Photo | The Tower of David - The Citadel
Created 31-Jul-18
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The Tower of David (The Citadel) is a walled, medieval fortress within the walled city of Old Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate on the west side of Old Jerusalem and is the highest spot in Old Jerusalem. The fortification, surrounded by a moat, was built as defense against an expected invasion from Sennacherib, the king of Assyria. Construction began with the Hasmonean kings in the 2nd century BC. Despite being called the Tower of David, the Citadel has no connection to King David. The roots of this mistaken identification 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.

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