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 Six-Day War 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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  • This place really describes what went through the minds of people during the time of the Roman siege. It reflects on the divisions and also the dashed hopes. The best part is the film. The archaeology...  more »
  • I visited the Burnt House about 20 years ago and found it fascinating to walk down through various levels of civilization - biblical, roman, byzantine, etc. On this trip I took my family (including te...  more »
  • Not on many lists, this virtual reality show demonstrates what the life of the Jewish people was like right before the destruction of the temple. The story told is truly interesting . I would say kids...  more »
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  • Impressive archaeological site. Brings 2000 years old history into the present. The movie is a bit schematic, but well close to what can be found in history books.
  • 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
  • Small historical museum with excellent a/v presentation.
  • I learned a lot here. Very cool.
  • Dear Members of the Board of Directors, I am writing to inform you of a very unfortunate incident we had with one of the employees of the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. On December 27, 2017 we visited the Davidson Center at the Jerusalem Archeological Park, the Burnt House Museum, and the Herodian Quarter Museum.  At the Burnt House, while purchasing the tickets, we were physically assaulted by one of your employees whom we at the time perceived as a private tour guide as he was working with his private clients. He slammed the door inwards and literally knocked my husband over, plowed though us to get himself to the desk where I was getting the tickets. Disregarding my presence entirely, he pushed himself physically to the front desk and started making arrangements for his clients like our family and other visitors were invisible. We told him that he was rude and his behavior turned completely nasty, bordering on violent. We were greatly surprised both by his physical aggression and by his language.  To our further surprise, the front desk staff member who had been doing rotations though the same historical sites we visited that day informed us that this was one of the company managers named Mini (short for Menachem). The staff member refused to give us the manager's last name. I am certain you are aware that the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem is one of the most popular companies though which tourists gain access to the Old City. It is the face of the Old City, its ambassador to the world.  This outrageous mistreatment of American-Jewish visitors who are undoubtedly the bread and butter of the company sends an entirely wrong message regarding the experience of visiting historical sites in the Old City. We come to the Old City not only as tourists but to introduce our children to Israel and to experience Jewish history. We do not only expect the level of service compatible with the international tourist industry standards but an attitude compatible with the belief that Israel is the home for all Jews. Your manager's aggression and language are unacceptable by any standards but especially in the context of working in a company dedicated to preserving and promoting Jewish heritage.  We hope you will address this issue and work to improve the quality of your employees behavior towards guests of the Old City. Sincerely

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