Burnt House is actually alleged to be
the residence of the Bar Kathros, a wealthy family who resided in the Upper City during the Second
Temple period. The Bar Kathros family is known for the incense
they made for the Second Temple. The Upper City itself was known for
its wealth, and it was destroyed in a second and separate burning by
Although the family is labeled
as “priestly” in the Talmud,
there is evidence in ancient folksongs that
the Bar Kathros were actually corrupt and
oppressive. Regardless of public attitude
towards the family, the Burnt House is preserved
today with artifacts that survived the Roman
While in the museum, a visitor can view a short film
about the Roman invasion and life in the Second
Temple period. Currently existing under modern Jerusalem buildings, the Burnt House is an excellent peek into the destruction
of the Second Temple and Jerusalem in 70 C.E.
The Burnt House is located at 2 Hakaraim Street, Jerusalem.
Hours of Admission: Sunday, 10am-5pm; Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm;
There is an entrance fee of 8 Shekels.
Phone number: 972-2-6287211