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The Archaeological Park - Davidson Center

The newly constructed Ethan and Marla Davidson Exhibition and Virtual Reconstruction Centerare situated at the entrance to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, one of the largest, most significant archaeological sites in the country. It is some 100 meters south of the Temple Mount complex, in the recently excavated and restored underground storage complex belonging to a seventh century CE Umayyad Palace.

The park encompasses outdoor displays around the Temple Mount, in the Valley of Hinnon, and up to the stops of the Mount of Olives. Indoor types can enjoy the on-site Davidson Center, a museum of Jerusalem multi-period history.

The new center offers the visitor an in-depth archaeological and historical introduction to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park by means of an exhibition of archaeological objects, augmented by visual, textual and audio information. 

One of the highlights of this modern facility is a real-time virtual reality reconstruction of the Herodian Temple Mount as it stood prior to its destruction by Roman troops in the year 70 CE. Real-time technology allows users to interact with the computer environment, enjoying freedom of movement as in the physical world.

The most technologically advanced computer graphics, sound and architecture currently available in the visual computing industry are employed in the Davidson Center. 

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