Laureates 2004

2004 Past - Cities: Historical Legacy


jerusalemJerusalem has made one of the most important contributions to humanity for being the holy place where monotheism was shaped to become the core of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Due to its unequaled span and variety of historical periods, Jerusalem is rich in its archeological and historical heritage. The projects submitted to the Dan David Prize are administered by the New Jerusalem Foundation and represent four historical periods, ranging from the ancient to the modern, and relate to the three religions for which Jerusalem is the Holy city. The projects reflect the city's diverse nature, culturally, religiously, and ethnically.

The 2004 Dan David Prize will be given to the city's authorities, which will allocate the prize money in order to develop the following four projects:

  • Project no. 1 relates to the ancient Israelite Kingdom of the first Temple era. The goal is to establish a new visitors' complex, incorporating two important archeological sites, the Broad Wall and the Israelite Guard Tower, from the first Temple period, with an educational center featuring the ancient city's model and an audio-visual presentation.
  • Project no. 2 relates to the early Moslem era of the city's legacy; specifically to the Umayyad period. The goal is to create a model of the Umayyad Palace complex uncovered by the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount.
  • Project no. 3 relates to the Crusader period in Jerusalem's history and is also relevant to the Byzantine era. The goal is to beautify the currently run-down archeological site dating back to crusader times, when it served as a place for the sick.
  • Project no. 4 relates to the establishment of the state of Israel; specifically, to the battle for Jerusalem during the 1948 War of Independence. The goal is create a multi-faceted database on Jerusalem during Israel's War of Independence in 1948. This will provide an important educational resource relating to a critical time in the city's contemporary history.

Jerusalem, with the valuable support offered by the Dan David Prize, will continue its work for the past and the future by preserving its underlying diversity in terms of culture, religion and ethnicity.