The term “Knesset” is derived from the ancient Knesset HaGdola or “Great Assembly” which existed in Biblical times.
It was an assembly of 120 scribes, sages, and prophets. Likewise, there are 120 members of Knesset. Each member is elected to four-year terms.
The Knesset was first convened February 14, 1949, following the January elections.
It was originally located on King George Street in Jerusalem where the building still stands today.
However, the current building was constructed in 1966 in the Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem.
- Supreme Court of Israel
- The Israel Museum
- Bible Lands Museum
- National Library of Israel
- Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
- Wohl Rose Gardens
- Jerusalem Bird Observatory
Tour are given on Sunday and Thursday, no reservation require.
They are given in Hebrew, English, Arabic, German, Russian, Spanish, and French are available throughout the day.
Visitors are also welcome to sit in on debates.
Please note that the security measures are very strict, and all visitors must present a valid passport and wear modest clothes.
Sunday and Thursday
Hebrew: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
English: 8:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm
Arabic: 1:30 pm
French: 1:00 pm
Russian: 11:00 am
Spanish: 10:00 am
For groups of 10 and above, coordinate your visit with the Knesset Visitor’s center at 02 -6753337.