The 19,000 square foot Rooftop Archaeological Garden of the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel will be a grand stage for the comprehensive spectacular open-air display of large-scale, exceptional archaeological objects from various periods and locations around the country. In addition, it will provide magnificent panoramic views of the Hebrew University Campus, the Botanical Gardens and Mount Herzl in the west, as well as of the Israel Museum and the Knesset in the east, and even the distant southern hills of Jerusalem. The spectacular Rooftop Archaeological Garden will become one of the highlights for hundreds of thousands of visitors to our National Campus, the archaeological education, research and exhibition complex designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie currently under construction in Jerusalem.
Located five floors above the ground, the Jerusalem stone paved Rooftop Archaeological Garden will feature landscaping designed by landscaping architect Barbara Aronson consisting of low olive and fig trees, shrubs and other local vegetation, providing shade and seating arrangements for visitors as well as visual stimulation among the displays of large scale archaeological objects. The impressive archaeological display will consist of ancient inscriptions from the collections of the National Treasures from synagogues, churches, mosques and monasteries, in Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, Latin and Samaritan that were discovered in excavations in various parts of the country.
Weather permitting, the dramatic open-air Rooftop Archaeological Garden offering unparalleled views of the Jerusalem skyline will become one of Jerusalem’s most sought after event spaces. Also, our magnificent Rooftop Archaeological Garden will be elegantly illuminated at nighttime.