This is the building where David Ben-Gurion declared Israel's Independence on May 14, 1948. The English text of the document ... More
This is the building where David Ben-Gurion declared Israel's Independence on May 14, 1948. The English text of the document is available at the front desk. The building was restored in 1978, and preserved as it was on the evening of the declaration. Pictures and memorabilia from the event adorn the walls. It is also possible to listen to the original recording of the declaration speech. The Bible Museum is located upstairs. Call ahead to know more.
So thankful Israel has preserved this incredible site. The presentation was passionate and you feel as though you are
alive on May 14, 1948. I highly recommend it to everyone who visits Israel and also to all who live in Israel.
I went to Independence Hall on a recent trip to Israel. It gives you a strong sense of Israel's importance and destiny. Our pastor's wife said it is a holy place and I truly felt that about it. It's a very important site to go to, and shouldn't be missed. It is a good place for a family to go to, but very young children have to behave. I felt like it set the tone for the rest of my tour.
Fanastic & Moving. This famous place is fascinating and preserved as it was according to the famous photos. Further, the Israeli guide gives an insightfull 20 minute explanation of the historically significant events leading up to the Declaration and paints a colourful and textured picture of the characters who took part in the event and also of the building itself and its history. Sitting in the famous room as he speaks you are now part of that history - as you sing the Hatikvah as the founding fathers themselves did at the end of the tour. This is probably the most important historical sight to see in Tel Aviv and the guide is brilliant. The only other remotely comparable sight is the Palmach Museum which is very impressive.
If you are interested in Zionist and Israeli history, this is the birthplace of the country. I had seen the photos of Ben Gurion reading the Declaration of Independence a thousand times, and when I walked into the room and saw it preserved as it was that day in May 1948, with the photo of Herzl, I burst into tears. This startled the guard, but he then helpfully played a tape of Ben Gurion's proclamation.
It's not elaborate, but it's real.
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