Tower of David Mosques
At least two mosques are known to exist inside the Tower of David or Jerusalem Citadel.
This small mosque inside the Qala Dawud, known as the Masjid al-Sayf (Summer Mosque), functioned as an open-air area for prayers. It served the troops garrisoned in the Citadel, thus enabling soldiers to perform the prayers without leaving the Citadel. A concave pointed-arched mihrab niche facing south is built in the center of the southern wall and is flanked on either side by a stone battlement. The mosque has no distinctive external facades.
The Ottoman era Masjid al-Qala', with Mehrab and the pulpit, it has been converted in to a museum. Originally there were six recesses with slits are symmetrically placed in the western wall of the hall, with the piers located along the wall separating those recesses from each other. The western and eastern recesses were blocked when the mihrab and the minbar were installed.
- Yusuf al-Natsheh "Citadel of Jerusalem" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=monument;ISL;pa;Mon01;29;en
- Johns, C. N., “The Citadel, Jerusalem: A Summary of Work Since 1934”, Quarterly of the Department of Antiquities in Palestine, No. 14, 1950, pp.121–90.
- Al-'Asli, K., Al-Quds fi Kutub al-Rahhala al-Muslimin [Jerusalem by Accounts of Muslim Travellers], Amman, 1992.
- Hawari, M., “The Citadel (Qal'a) in the Ottoman Period”, in R. Hillenbrand and S. Auld (eds), Ottoman Jerusalem: The Living City 1517–1917 (Part I), London, 2000.
- Berchem, M. van, Matériaux pour un Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum, Vol. II, Cairo, 1922.
Points of Interest
(19th century model of Jerusalem) · Statue of David · Model of Dome of Rock · Equestrian Stautes of Salah al-Din and Richard the Lion Heart · Citadel Model · Crusader Era Jerusalem · Temple Warning Inscription Replica