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Burnt House
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The "Burnt House" is a magnificent structure that was discovered during excavations following the Six Day War. Watch an audio-visual presentation depicting the priestly Katros family during the end of the Second Temple period, as mentioned in the Talmud. Understand the significance of the Jewish revolt, and the values of the family living in this period.
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

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 13 up are able to appreciate this show. It does have air conditioning so summer months make it a great old city stop.

1  Thank Jonathan B
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

This site only takes about 20 minutes and is a fictional movie about the family that may have lived in this house and what it would have been like when the Roman's invaded. It is included in the "nine attractions for 100 nis" ticket sold at most sites in the Jewish quarter. I wouldn't spend the money to go for just this site if I didn't have the package deal. The Wohl museum site down the street is better. There are a few artifacts also but not many

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Reviewed 8 June 2017

Great way to see the life of the ancient Israeli's their way of life, lodging , gives a new perspective

Thank Allan T
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

The site is something to behold and the artifacts are cool. However, the video is not that great and does not explain that much about the archeological site. Instead it's a fictional retelling of how the family might have lived. If you only have a little bit of time in Jerusalem skip this and go see the Wohl Archeological Museum.

1  Thank Samuel O
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

The Burnt House is an indoor archeological sites in the Jewish Quarter that is rather small and can comfortably visited in 20 minutes time. Opening hours are 9-5pm (Sun-Thurs) and 9-1pm (Fri) - closed on Saturdays.

Note: You can purchase the Jewish Quarter special ticket (60 NIS per person) which includes entry to the Burnt House as well as the Wohl Museum of Archeology (Herodian Quarter), Jerusalem Archaeological Park-Davidson Center and Hurva Synagouge. This combined ticket can save you a bit of money if you are intending to visit these four attractions.

Here you are able to see the remains of a house from the Second Temple period. It is believed that the house belonged to priestly Katros family before being destroyed by the Romans as they entered the city to end the Jewish Rebellion.

You will be able to watch a short audio-visual programme giving a proposed account of the last days at the house leading up to its destruction and the killing of the family here.

The house foundation remains and can be viewed from up close. There is an pointed spear tip and burnt wood material, providing evidence of fire and armed conflict. The skeletal remains of an arm and hand were originally found as well.

There are also a couple of displays showcasing items found during excavations. You can see pottery, jewellery and other implements known to have existed around the time of the Second Temple.

Overall, the Burnt House is a nice attraction if you have interest in ancient history. If you have limited time, it would be best to visit the nearby Wohl Museum instead. There is considerably more to see in the excavation site there. However, if you plan to buy the Jewish Quarter special ticket mentioned above, this is a recommendable place to visit.

2  Thank BradJill
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