Burnt House, Jerusalem

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#21 of 60 in Museums in Jerusalem
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.
The 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.
Following 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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  • It was a short tour with only one room containing an excavation along with some descriptions. There was also a short movie of a re-enactment that was very interesting and helped to explain the history...  more »
  • The visit was about half an hour. There are a few artifacts discovered there and a movie which explains the story of a family in the time of the second temple.  more »
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  • Interesting second temple period ruin, with well-preserved artifacts and a rather decent museum, is a great follow-up to the Tower of David museum and Davidson Archaeological Center. There is a small museum, but the highlight is a short film narrated by a member of priestly family that owned the house. The house itself was destroyed in 70 AD, during the aftermath of the Roman Siege of Jerusalem. There may be an admission fee, but I cannot remember if there is. The site is not usually crowded, and they have both Hebrew and English displays.
  • An exceptionally clear evidence to the destruction of JM in the 2nd temple Era, by the Roman empire army. Moreover, it has evidence of something even more compelling: the evidence found, shows the division in the population even before the Romans destroyed the city. A very sad story, but it's possible to take more from it: to learn from the past and the disagreements we have with one another, and not let them destroy us as moral people.
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