Burnt House, Jerusalem

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The Burnt House Museum is a museum presenting an excavated house from the Second Temple period situated six metres below current street level in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.HistoryThe Burnt House is believed to have been set on fire during the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. According to Josephus, Jerusalem's Upper City was known for its wealth. It was located close to the Temple and inhabited by priestly families who served in the temple. The house was destroyed one month after the Temple and Lower City. When the Romans stormed the Upper City, they found little resistance: Much of the population was near death from disease and starvation.Archaeological excavationsFollowing the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem the Jewish quarter was rebuilt, and extensive archeological excavations were conducted in the area. The excavations were carried out from 1969 to 1982 under the auspices of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Israel Exploration Society and the Israel Department of Antiquities (today, the Israel Antiquities Authority). The excavations were headed by Dr Nahman Avigad, and in 1970 one of the findings was The Burnt House which was found under a layer of ashes and destruction, indicating that the house had been burned down.
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  • A poor attempt at bringing archaeology alive. The only interesting items are the bowls and other domestic artifacts that were found. The film is poorly produced, full of conjecture and badly acted. I ...  more »
  • Archeological excavations started in Jerusalem in 1967. This home which belonged to the Katros family was found six meters beneath today's Jewish Quarter. Many interesting artifacts were found here: s...  more »
  • A very interesting drama of the days leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem and the second Temple. I highly recommend this tourist attraction. go for it  more »
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  • This is a fascinating experience. The Burnt House is an archeological dig site inside the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. A long staircase with elevator chair leads down to the dig site. It is possible to view the dig and the items found during the excavation. Once the lights are dimmed there is a spectacular recreation of what might have transpired in the destruction of the house.
  • Very dramatic film and site over-priced for such small ruins. The movie was not based on fact, purely suppositional.
  • This should be a must for every person who goes to Jerusalem. The house of a priest of the Temple from the time of the destruction by the Romans, whose name is found in the Talmud confirming who he was. The artifacts are incredible and the film ties history together in a way that captivated me and my children.
  • Minimal preservation of what was a significant archeological discovery. Few relics on display. Very small museum. Fictitious, politically charged multimedia presentation.
  • I loved it because it brought history close to me. I am grateful that their was a lift to get down the stairs to the level of the house. I WISH the movie was captioned in English. But it was clear enough to get significant info just watching the Action. I appreciated the quotes from Josephus on the walls snd was motivated to borrow his history from the library. Very instructive
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