|The Citadel and Tower today|
Click to view Part 2 -- The Citadel and the British
|Troops drilling circa 1900|
The current structure was built in the 1500s by the Ottomans who added a mosque and the famous minaret that stands above the Citadel. The Ottoman Turks used the Citadel as barracks and parade grounds. Today's "Picture of the Day" publishes pictures of King David's Citadel as it was used by the Turks until 1917.
Late in 1917 the British defeated the Turks, and for the next 30 years the British army ruled the Citadel and King David's Tower. Stay tuned for Picture a Day, Part 2, featuring the British army.
Today, the Citadel houses a magnificent museum, and the adjoining barracks area is an Israeli police station.
|Turkish officers circa 1910|
|Turkish soldiers circa 1910|