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“Parliament & Symbol of Israel”

Knesset (Parliament)
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Free guided tours of Israel’s Parliament include an explanation of the structure of the Israeli government and a look at the famous tapestries of Marc Chagall, which illustrate important moments in Jewish history.
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The Israeli Pariliament (Knesset) is located in an open area on top of a hill. On the grounds of this legislative building is a seven branch Menorah (Candelabra) that is the symbol of Israel and is present on the State shield. It was designed and created by Benno Elkan (a German Jew who had emigrated to England in 1933 upon the Nazis rising to power), in the early 1950's.The Menorah portrays 29 formative events, figures and concepts from the Old Testament and history of the Jewish people. It was commissioned by Lord Edwin Samuel who was son of the first British High Commissioner of Palestine. It was this man who helped to formulate the Balfour Declaration calling for both Israeli and Palestinian states. The sculpture was paid for by the British Members of Parliament, regardless of party, private banks and industrial associations. While the Knesset and grounds are beautifully appointed with trees and flowers, a visit to this candelabra is a must.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

English speaking guide was knowledgeable about the building, who's who and how the Israeli parliamentary system works.
Visitors must bring their passports and allow enough time for security checks. On the day we went there was a demo outside one of the other government buildings in the area and the bus stopped before the Knesset so we had to walk an extra stop. Visitors must also remember they need to dress smart -casual ( not holiday wear).

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Don't know why more people don't take advantage of this opportunity. No reservation is required, just make sure to check first. Very interesting place and the tour guide was wonderful. No charge at all. Just remember to show up at least 20 minutes early to undergo security screening. FYI wear long pants since required for admission.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

A very informative and concise tour from which you will learn a lot about how Israel's government - the only democracy in the region, addressing the needs and interests of a remarkably diverse citizenry - operates. Thought-provoking to see how a democracy created 150 years after the US sought to innovate government processes, in some ways more successfully than others. In addition, the Chagall artwork is remarkable. Well worth the 90 min. tour - and I'd also recommend doing the Supreme Court tour, which is an easy walk. Check each site's web page for the timing of the English language tours.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A guided tour is full of facts and unlocks the information about why Israel is Israel and how the Jews view their state and how the two peoples interact. Chagall's masterpiece is astonishing. Recommend going here in combination with Israel museum. Check the hours before you come. If you are too early, they won't let you in and you must wander the park while you wait. Heavy security, so bring passport.

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