"Home is where the heart is."
"Home is where you hang your hat."
"Home sweet home."
There are many clichés attributed to the abode, but none can accurately capture the importance of the Siebenberg House. Nestled in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City just south of the Western Wall, Miriam and Theo Siebenberg's dwelling was built in 1970. It is thoroughly modern in its architectural flair, but what lies beneath is as old as Jerusalem itself. Vast caverns traverse a labyrinth of ancient aqueducts plunging below the earth, making this one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel.
To their credit, the Siebenbergs have honored the sacred finds below their home by preserving the site as a museum. It required the construction of a massive retaining wall with foundation points each designed to withstand 60 tons of pressure, but now the house is perched safely above the excavation area. Scholars and tourists alike flood the Siebenberg Museum to bask in its storied legacy and study its fascinating Relics.
For a more detailed look at a cross-section of the house, please visit our Layout Page.