Daily Israel Report

An Historical Experience in the Heart of Jerusalem

The Time Elevator allows visitors to Jerusalem to take an interactive voyage of the city in multiple languages.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/29/2011, 6:09 AM

The Time Elevator
The Time Elevator
Arutz Sheva screenshot from www.time-elevator-jerusalem.co.il

Visitors to Jerusalem are able to take an interactive voyage through its history in multiple languages.

The Time Elevator combines motion based seating, panoramic screens, and special effects, all of which take participants on a journey through Jerusalem’s 3,000-year history.

The viewer is able to view the movie as a participant rather than a spectator thanks to the motion based seat system which allows each seat to move in six different directions.

The journey begins with Jerusalem as the City of David in biblical times and stops along six key points in the city’s history, ending with the 1967 Six Day War in which Jerusalem was reunited. 

As it is a tourist site, it describes Jerusalem, in order to appeal to visitors of all faiths, primarily as a city of three religions who all attempted to conquer it during different periods.

The Time Elevator uses an original screenplay written in conjunction with leading historians and archeologists who did not write from a primarily Jewish viewpoint.

It shows how the three main religions connect to Jerusalem in various ways and have footholds in the city.

However, the screenplay does not make the distinction, which can be explained to children who may not be aware of it, that Jerusalem is the holiest city to only one religion, Judaism, and was chosen by G-d for the site of the Holy Temple, as opposed to Christianity and Islam, which came into being over a thousand years later than King David's conquest of the city and whose claims on Jerusalem are not the central part of their religion.

For Islam, it is the fourth holiest city and Moslems pray towards Mecca, with their backs to the Temple Mount.

Jews, however, for thousands of years,  have yearned to return to Jerusalem, always trying to keep a presence there after the Temples were destroyed, and praying until today while facing Jerusalem's Temple Mount, no matter where they are. Many have a plaque on a wall in their homes designating the direction of Jerusalem.

Surround sound headsets enable the show to be concurrently heard in several languages, including English, Russian, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Italian and Hebrew.