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A scene from the King David night show | © Naftali Hiliger / Tower of David
A scene from the King David night show | © Naftali Hiliger / Tower of David
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Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem Unveils a New Cinematic Experience

Picture of Reuben Lewis
Israel writer
Updated: 19 March 2018
The Tower of David, or the citadel, is a medieval fortress that has been one of the defining symbols of Jerusalem for generations. Now, visitors can see it like never before with the Tower of David Museum’s spectacular new cinematic experience, the King David night show.

Experiencing the King David show

With the sophisticated technology of powerful new laser projectors, the show in Jerusalem’s Old City depicts the engrossing story of King David, the shepherd boy who defeated Goliath on his way to becoming the king of the United Kingdom of Israel.

Illuminating the remarkable fortress walls with 250,000 lumens and 35 million pixels, in vibrant colours and high definition images, the show takes viewers on a dramatic cinematic journey.

low res.Pensive David looking out on his city. KING DAVID. Tower of David. Credit. Naftali Hilger - Copy
A scene from the King David night show | © Naftali Hiliger / Tower of David

Some of the most exciting scenes include David’s defeat of Goliath, chaotic battles between the Philistines and the Israelites and scenes of wild dancing as the people of Jerusalem celebrate King David’s conquering of the city.

The show also depicts the variety of works of art that King David inspired, from Rembrandt and Chagall to Matisse and Caravaggio. Lesser known Jewish and Christian medieval artwork is also used: one scene (the anointing of David by the Prophet Samuel), is based on the fresco from Dura-Europos, a synagogue from the third century C.E. that still exists in Syria.

low.res. Ruth, David's great grandmother in the fields of Bethlehem. KING DAVID. Credit. Naftali Hilger - Copy
A scene from the King David night show | © Naftali Hiliger / Tower of David

The quality of the production is staggering, as is the attention to detail, from hand-drawn characters inspired by illustrated manuscripts from the Middle Ages, to the accuracy of the characters’ garments based on historical research of the period.

In addition to the razor-sharp images that bounce and slide off the walls, the experience is made even more enthralling by the high-quality sound system and dramatic music.

Altogether, the production includes animation, art, illustration, film and a cast of more than 50 actors, as well as original music by French musician Alexandre Lévy.

For a memorable experience in Jerusalem, this show is highly recommended.

low res. Dancing on the streets of Jerusalem. KING DAVID. Tower of David. Credit. Naftali Hilger.3 - Copy
A scene from the King David night show | © Naftali Hiliger / Tower of David

Jerusalem: A land of contrasts

What makes this experience particularly special is the striking contrast between the old and the new: cutting-edge laser technology is beaming onto the 2,000-year-old walls of the citadel, under the star-filled night sky of Jerusalem.

This show reflects the ambition and innovation of the Tower of David Museum. Aside from spectacular cinematic productions, they recently launched an Innovation Lab, an accelerator and hub for technology startups building products, mostly revolving around virtual reality and augmented reality that seeks to enhance visitors’ experiences in museums.

The King David show opens to the public on April 1, 2018. Tickets can be ordered via the museum’s website.