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Jerusalem Archaeological Garden

(May 2017)

The Davidson Center's Archaeological Garden of Jerusalem was opened on May 8, 2017, near the Temple Mount on the South-Western section of the Western Wall.  The garden includes antiquities and items from the Second Temple Period all the way through the modern state of Israel.  While most ancient discoveries in Israel are housed by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ethan and Marla Davidson Exhibition and Virtual Reconstruction Center, visitors to the Archaeological Garden of Jerusalem can explore Jewish history through many unique items, such as the remnants of a wall and gate dating back to the time of King Solomon.  

Highlighting the historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount and combatting the narrative put forth by UNESCO in their October 2016 resolution was the most important part of the project, according to Construction Minister Yoav Galant.  Everything we are doing in Jerusalem is in order to reassure and confirm our existence here, Galant said.  To UNESCO, Galant suggests that they should learn from history – from the Romans and all the others – that it is impossible to defeat the Jewish spirit.  

Source: Eisenbud, Daniel.  Israel Unveils Archaeological Garden in Jerusalem's Old City, Jerusalem Post, (May 8, 2017)