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Burnt House, Jerusalem
(3.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A small museum showing the burnt remains of a prest family's home. It is believed that it was destroyed by the Romans at the time of the sacking of the second temple. Although there is not a great dea...  more »
  • In the middle of the Jewish Quarter,about six meters under the street,a whole house of the Katros family found in excavayions 1970.Opened to the public 1991 THE HOUSE WAS BURNED YEAR 70/The area that ...  more »
  • למרות שהמוזיאון לא גדול ,חובה לבקר באתר ולו רק בשביל הסרט והסיבה שבגללה חרב בית המקדש השני . היינו עם ילדה בת שבע שישבה מרותקת לסרט ויצאה נפעמת ממנו .ממולץ בהחלט. 
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  • An enjoyable site. Beware that it is a single room with the excavation and they show a 25 minute movie. We combined it with the Wohl and the Davidson archaeological finds and found it to be well worth it. Alone it is not a huge amount of time for the money, but definitely enjoyable.
  • History of a house which one belong to a Cohen family that lived in the Talmud times. Called burnt house because it remained after the destruction of the Jewish Temple.
  • Not a classic museum, it teaches guests about the old city of Jerusalem in the period directly leading up to the destruction of the second temple. In addition to the authentic archeology, guests also see an excellent (if not sightly corny) dramatic film which brings the social division of that period to life in an engaging manner. Great for families and groups.
  • The "Burnt House" was exposed in the 1970's under the Jewish Quarter. Its finds present the dramatic times in Jerusalem in the first century, ending with the Roman destruction in 70 CE.
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